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    #1

    Into the depth of!

    Is this sentence correct? Note the expression in bold, please.

    In this novel, the author never goes into the depth of Jane's character.

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    #2

    Re: Into the depth of!

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    Is this sentence correct? Note the expression in bold, please.

    In this novel, the author never goes into the depth of Jane's character.
    I would be more inclined to say either:

    1) The author never delves into the depths of Jane's character

    or

    2) The author never goes into Jane's character in depth.

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    #3

    Re: Into the depth of!

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    Is this sentence correct? Note the expression in bold, please.

    In this novel, the author never goes into the depth of Jane's character.
    Sounds fine to me. It's just the writer's way of saying the author fails to give the full picture of what Jane is really like.


    buggles (not a teacher)

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    #4

    Re: Into the depth of!

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    Is this sentence correct? Note the expression in bold, please.

    In this novel, the author never goes into the depth of Jane's character.
    It sounds wrong to me.
    Firstly, she's fictional. If the author has not written this character with depth, then Jane's character doesn't have any depth to go into. It's a mistake to infer that Jane has depths to her character that the author hasn't created or alluded to.

    The author doesn't present Jane's character in any depth.
    The author does not give any depth to Jane's character.
    Last edited by Raymott; 13-May-2010 at 08:27. Reason: fix typo

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    Re: Into the depth of!

    hi there,
    Does it make sense to replace the word 'character' with 'personality'?
    tks
    pete

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    Re: Into the depth of!

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    hi there,
    Does it make sense to replace the word 'character' with 'personality'?
    tks
    pete
    You could. If you wanted to talk about the character's character, it might be a good idea.

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    #7

    Re: Into the depth of!

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It sounds wrong to me.
    Firstly, she's fictional. If the author has not written this character with depth, then Jane's character doesn't have any depth to go into. It's a mistake to infer that Jane has depths to her character that the author hasn't created or alluded to.

    The author doesn't present Jane's character in any depth.
    The author does not give any depth to Jane's character.
    Or, since 'depth' is the third dimension (in 3-D space), 'The author makes Jane very two-dimensional'

    b

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