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D00M
Posted: Sunday, October 01, 2017 6:54:32 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

Is the following sentence grammatical?

His eyes resembled a fish's.

Or should it read as:

His eyes resembled those of a fish.


Another question:

Is resemble a word you, native speakers, use in your everyday speech? What else would you suggest to substitute for 'resemble' in the given sentence above?

I am looking forward to your answers.
Romany
Posted: Sunday, October 01, 2017 7:20:15 AM
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In written work your second sentence is more likely to be used; and yes, it's grammatically sound.

In spoken English we'd probably use the first sentence - in spoken language the question then of its grammatical construction disappears.

Yes 'resemble' would be used in everyday conversation by some people. Most people in spoken English, however, would use "looks like" i.e. "His eyes look like a fish's."

Hint again: spoken English is not formal: for everyday conversations we choose the simplest option.
Islami
Posted: Sunday, October 01, 2017 9:58:13 AM
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'spoken English is not formal'. I will never forget this "Formula One".
Romany
Posted: Sunday, October 01, 2017 2:02:12 PM
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Islami - good! It's one of the most common mistakes learners make.
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