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    She was extremely happy so she suddenly jumped up and fell down.
    Is this sentence correct? I am talking about the underlined part. I want to say she couldn't control her balance and couldn't land successfully.

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    Default Re: fall down

    She was so happy that she jumped up suddenly, lost her balance and and fell down.

    This sentence leaves little room for doubt.
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    Default Re: fall down

    [QUOTE=English4everyone;832600]She was extremely happy so she suddenly jumped up and fell down.


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    (1) I cannot explain why, but I think that your sentence sounds a bit strange.

    (a) Maybe (?) because the verbs "jumped up" and "fell down" are so close together.

    (2) I would be more comfortable with:

    She was extremely happy, so she suddenly jumped up and just as suddenly fell

    down.



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    Default Re: fall down

    She was extremely happy, so she suddenly jumped up and just as suddenly fell
    down
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    That will certainly work as well, Parser. Unless someone objects to too many "suddenly" being so close together.
    But, I prefer your sentence to all others, so you can have a gold star and an ice-cream cone too!
    John

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    Default Re: fall down

    If there's ice cream involved, then my submission is:

    She jumped for joy, but botched the landing.

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    Red face Re: fall down

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    She was extremely happy so she suddenly jumped up and fell down.
    Not a teacher
    Though this sentence sounds a little bit strange , It sounds great( to me). I don't know why .

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    Default Re: fall down

    The problem with the original is that it implies she fell down deliberately, as an intended part of her expression of joy.
    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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    Default Re: fall down

    [QUOTE=JohnParis;832716]

    an ice-cream cone too!


    Delicious!

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    Default Re: fall down

    [QUOTE=Barb_D;832763]it implies she fell down deliberately,



    That's it!

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