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Amybal
Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2018 2:21:31 PM
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Hi, there is anything wrong in these sentences?

Short summary
A doctor who visits an old house his mother used to work at, only to discover it may hold a dark secret.

Long summary
Dr. Faraday is a country doctor. During the summer of 1947, he tends to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked as a housemaid. The Hall, which has fallen into decline, is home to Mrs Ayres and her two children, Caroline and Roddy. After taking on the new patient, Dr. Faraday finds the Ayres family's story will soon become entwined with his own.
F.Kelly
Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2018 6:56:19 PM

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Ty for having these type of discussions. I enjoy learning during my lunch hour.
RuthP
Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2018 7:00:39 PM

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Amybal wrote:
Hi, there is anything wrong in these sentences?

Short summary
A doctor who visits an old house his mother used to work at, only to discover it may hold a dark secret.

Long summary
Dr. Faraday is a country doctor. During the summer of 1947, he tends to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked as a housemaid. The Hall, which has fallen into decline, is home to Mrs Ayres and her two children, Caroline and Roddy. After taking on the new patient, Dr. Faraday finds the Ayres family's story will soon become entwined with his own.

They are both fine!
Romany
Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2018 9:45:02 PM
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I think perhaps Ruth missed seeing the "who" at the beginning of the first sentence? Perhaps she had the wrong specs. on.
NKM
Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2018 10:07:30 PM

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Good catch, Romany.

The "who" starts a new dependent clause, so that the main clause (and thus the sentence) never gets finished.

palapaguy
Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2018 11:55:16 PM

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NKM wrote:
Good catch, Romany.

The "who" starts a new dependent clause, so that the main clause (and thus the sentence) never gets finished.


I'm not a grammarian, but I think you're saying that "A doctor who visits an old house his mother used to work at, only to discover it may hold a dark secret." is only a sentence fragment?

If so, I agree.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2018 5:27:55 AM

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Maybe it's
"Doctor Who visits an old house . . ." Whistle Whistle

(Joking!)



Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Amybal
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2018 8:30:26 AM
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Can I say:

A doctor visits an old house where his mother once worked as a housemaid, only to discover it may hold a dark secret.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2018 9:38:15 AM

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That's great!


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Amybal
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2018 9:58:00 PM
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Yeah Applause Thanks Drag0nspeaker.
Amybal
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2018 10:04:38 PM
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Hi, F.Kelly :-)

I'm learning a lot here, I hope you do, too.
Amybal
Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 9:26:17 PM
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Quick question here, do I need to put "fullstop" after the word Mrs?

I means:

Mrs. Ayres or Mrs Ayres?

The Hall, which has fallen into decline, is home to Mrs Ayres and her two children
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 4:59:44 PM

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Amybal wrote:
Quick question here, do I need to put "fullstop" after the word Mrs?

I means:

Mrs. Ayres or Mrs Ayres?

The Hall, which has fallen into decline, is home to Mrs Ayres and her two children


In the U.S. a full stop is always used, but my understanding is that the British don't always use a full stop. It seems optional there.


We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
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