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#213442 - 12/04/13 02:14 PM Are all the bold words fine in the sentence?
Lionel Koh Offline
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If I toss a piece of tissue paper on the ground and I am caught in the act, I could be fined $300 as a first-time offender.

Are all the bold words fine in the sentence?

Thanks.

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#213445 - 12/04/13 04:41 PM Re: Are all the bold words fine in the sentence? [Re: Lionel Koh]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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Without comparing them to others you might want to use
like 'drop' instead of 'toss', they are OK.


Edited by LukeJavan8 (12/04/13 04:42 PM)
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#213446 - 12/04/13 06:44 PM Re: Are all the bold words fine in the sentence? [Re: LukeJavan8]
Tromboniator Offline
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Drop could be accidental, toss is unequivocally deliberate. In any case, the sentence is fine. I would probably say onto rather than on, but I suppose that sounds a bit stuffy.

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#213461 - 12/05/13 01:17 PM Re: Are all the bold words fine in the sentence? [Re: Tromboniator]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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drop/toss: too true, Peter.
I was think of "on accident'.

Stuffy? Nary a bone in you.
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#213464 - 12/05/13 08:56 PM Re: Are all the bold words fine in the sentence? [Re: Lionel Koh]
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On is perfectly fine for colloquial speech, Lionel. Don't let Tromboniator scare you off.

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#213467 - 12/06/13 03:57 AM Re: Are all the bold words fine in the sentence? [Re: Faldage]
Tromboniator Offline
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Absolutely. No argument from me.

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#213474 - 12/06/13 11:53 AM Re: Are all the bold words fine in the sentence? [Re: Tromboniator]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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I don't think he'll be 'scared off'...he has a thirst
to learn grammar. Not that you meant really frightened
away, Faldage, but I getcha...Keep it up Lionel,
it's impressive.
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#213475 - 12/06/13 02:42 PM Re: Are all the bold words fine in the sentence? [Re: Lionel Koh]
jenny jenny Offline
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Originally Posted By: Lionel Koh
If I toss a piece of tissue paper on the ground and I am caught in the act, I could be fined $300 as a first-time offender.

Are all the bold words fine in the sentence?

Thanks.


No lionel, the words in bold are not "fine", what they are is merely "correct". Ask yourself:

1) What point did I want to make in this compound sentence?
2) To whom am I writing?
3) Did I ask if my word use was "fine" because the word "fine" was in my forebrain?
5) Ignore Faldage. He thinks he is the cat's pajamas.

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#213479 - 12/06/13 05:41 PM Re: Are all the bold words fine in the sentence? [Re: jenny jenny]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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cat's pajamas??

had to look that one up: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cat%27s_pajamas

sort of like the eel's ankle.
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