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    - He should have been a virgin but he was raped by his teacher, miss Jennifer last year.
    - She's now pregnant because she was careless not using contraceptive pills.

    - Are these sentences grammatical and natural?

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    - He was a virgin until he was raped by his teacher, Miss Jennifer, last year.
    - She's now pregnant because she carelessly forgot to take her contraceptive pills.

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    - He was a virgin until he was raped by his teacher, Miss Jennifer, last year.
    - She's now pregnant because she carelessly forgot to take her contraceptive pills.
    So unlike the home life of our own dear EFL teachers.

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    Default Re: careless not using

    I do know that males can be raped, but is it possible the teacher seduced him instead of raping him? (Granted, this is getting into a dicey area and I may regret posting this.)

    As we have said over and over and over, we tend not to say "Miss Jennifer" or "Mr. Peter" but Miss Smith and Mr. Jones.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I do know that males can be raped, but is it possible the teacher seduced him instead of raping him? (Granted, this is getting into a dicey area and I may regret posting this.)
    You may indeed! I forbore (for once) from saying anything about that point. I agree with you, but that has to be a personal answer. If a discussion starts, it's almost certainly going to be end up in quibbles about legal terminology and male/female perceptions rather than about language. I don't know whether the American legal term 'statutory rape' covers this situation. If it does, then that would settle things nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    You may indeed! I forbore (for once) from saying anything about that point. I agree with you, but that has to be a personal answer. If a discussion starts, it's almost certainly going to be end up in quibbles about legal terminology and male/female perceptions rather than about language. I don't know whether the American legal term 'statutory rape' covers this situation. If it does, then that would settle things nicely.
    That was my thinking exactly when I posted my reply, 5jj.

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