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    Phuket island

    - Phuket island in Thailand was attacked a tsunami a long time ago. Even excellent swimmers couldn't survive.

    - Is this sentence natural to say?

    Thanks so much!

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    Re: Phuket island

    Quote Originally Posted by namloan View Post
    - Phuket island in Thailand was attacked a tsunami a long time ago. Even excellent swimmers couldn't survive.

    - Is this sentence natural to say?

    Thanks so much!
    EDIT: See below for one more correction.

    A small point first - I think island should be capitalised: Island.

    Two things sound unnatural to me. First, a tsunami does not "attack", it "hits".

    Secondly, the tsunami occurred in 2004, which for most people is not a long time ago, although it possibly could be in some contexts.

    My version:

    Phuket Island in Thailand was hit a tsunami in 2004. Even excellent swimmers couldn't survive.
    Last edited by Munch; 09-Nov-2010 at 09:03.

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    Re: Phuket island

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    My version:

    Phuket Island in Thailand was hit a tsunami in 2004. Even excellent swimmers couldn't survive.
    You'd probably agree to inserting "by" - "was hit by a tsunami".

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    Re: Phuket island

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You'd probably agree to inserting "by" - "was hit by a tsunami".
    Yes, thanks Raymott, I missed that! It definitely needs "by".

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