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Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:34:29 AM

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Alice was sitting alone on a park bench, singing and playing "Both Sides The Tweed" on the acoustic guitar, her beautiful long hair blowing in the spring breeze.

Question: Is my sentence correct?

thar
Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:39:14 AM

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Yep, looks OK to me. It is about as long as it should be, because the final part about her hair is a little bit disjointed.

It starts off saying she was sitting - that fits in with her hair blowing in the breeze.
But then it goes on to say what she was doing - singing and playing - and that is a long phrase.
Then it goes back to describing her, what her hair was doing.

So it isn't wrong but it is very slightly less than perfect. Simply from the order of the phrases and that is just my opinion. Others may not see any problem at all.


And of course 'both sides the Tweed' is not standard modern English but is there in the old song, in dialect.
Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:51:10 PM

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Thanks, thar. 😊

Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2021 5:12:59 PM

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on the acoustic guitar OR on an acoustic guitar?
FounDit
Posted: Friday, April 16, 2021 12:59:07 PM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
on the acoustic guitar OR on an acoustic guitar?


Both work. It could be that particular style of guitar (the acoustic), or it could be an example of that style of guitar.
Clyde of Oz
Posted: Saturday, April 17, 2021 6:07:09 AM

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Or it could be that the guitar has been previously mentioned.
Reiko07
Posted: Saturday, April 17, 2021 1:27:09 PM

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FounDit wrote:
Ivan Fadeev wrote:
on the acoustic guitar OR on an acoustic guitar?


Both work. It could be that particular style of guitar (the acoustic), or it could be an example of that style of guitar.


Does "on guitar" also work in my sentence? I think both of the following two sentences are correct:

(1) Jane played it on piano.

(2) Jane played it on the piano.

Reiko07
Posted: Sunday, May 2, 2021 8:07:54 PM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
on the acoustic guitar OR on an acoustic guitar?


Hi, Ivan.

I guess "on acoustic guitar" (without "an/the") works in both AE and BE.

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