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Which one is natural to native speakers? Options
Maggie Q
Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 5:54:53 AM
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a)-Where was the dog closest? -He was closest to the ground.
b)-Where was the dog? -He was closest to the ground.
c)-How was the dog? -He was closest to the ground.

Question: Which one is natural to native speakers?
FounDit
Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 3:14:56 PM

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Maggie Q wrote:
a)-Where was the dog closest? -He was closest to the ground.
b)-Where was the dog? -He was closest to the ground.
c)-How was the dog? -He was closest to the ground.

Question: Which one is natural to native speakers?


Sorry, Maggie. I don't understand what you want to know. These sentences make no sense.

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NKM
Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 4:15:27 PM

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None of these combinations sound like anything a native speaker would say.

- "Where was the dog closest?" makes no sense, unless you mean "What was the dog closest to?" 
  (If he was near a tree, a house and a fence, perhaps he was closest to one of those.)

- "Where was the dog?" makes sense, but "closest to the ground" wouldn't make sense as an answer.
  (Dogs are usually on the ground, no matter where they may be in reference to any landmarks.)

- "How was the dog?" asks about the dog's condition or health, not his location.

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