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    Smile unknowingly

    Please check out the following sentences.

    (1) He got dead drunk, so he mistook the plice car for a taxi.

    (2) He was unknowingly got into the squad car and was taken to the police station.

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    Re: unknowingly

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    Please check out the following sentences.

    (1) He got dead drunk, so he mistook the plice car for a taxi.
    (except for the typo). The verb is a bit strange-sounding. 'He was dead drunk - so drunk that he mistook...'. 'He got dead drunk' is OK, but - and I'm not sure why - it doesn't sound right to follow it with 'so that...'
    (2) He was unknowingly got into the squad car and was taken to the police station.
    'He was put into the squad car' (or 'he got in' - but that's obviously not appropriate here). Mothers get their babies into their outdoor clothes. But the main problem is the adverb. 'Unknowingly' modifies the subject of its verb: 'Unknowingly, he walked out of the window while he was sleep-walking.'


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    Smile Re: unknowingly

    Hi,
    I try to revise the sentences as written. Are they acceptable?

    (1) He got dead drunk, and mistook the police car for a taxi.
    (2) Unknowingly, he was put into the squad car and was taqken to the police station.

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    Re: unknowingly

    The first is right. You've made the drunk the grammatical subject of the second, but 'unknowingly' still doesn't work - so when I said 'subject' I should have used the trendy new word 'actor'. Maybe: 'He didn't even realize he was being put into a squad car...'..?

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    Re: unknowingly

    What about omitting "was" from the original version of the second sentence?

    He unknowingly got into the squad car. (Remember, he thought it was a taxi. He knew he got into a car, but he didn't know he got into a police car.)

    (Why would he be taken to the station for being drunk? He tried to get into a taxi, not his own car to drive that away.)
    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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