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    Are these sentences correct:

    1-They beat John up in the alley, young and innocent.
    2-They beat John up in the alley, a young and innocent man.

    3-They beat John up in the alley, young and innocent.
    4-They beat John up in the alley, a young and innocent man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-They beat John up in the alley, young and innocent. No
    2-They beat John up in the alley, a young and innocent man. Possible.
    Better, in my opinion, though still a little clumsy: They beat up John, a young and innocent man, in the alley.
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    In the valley, they beat up a young and innocent man. His name was John.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In the valley, they beat up a young and innocent man. His name was John.
    Now that is less clumsy. (Even if the alley has become a valley )
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Now that is less clumsy. (Even if the alley has become a valley )
    Oh, yes. That must have been be a Freudian slip, though I can't imagine its significance. Of course, if it's unconscious, I wouldn't! Anyhow, I like it, so I'm sticking to 'valley'.

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    Thank you 5jj and Raymott.

    Actually I made the slip! I meant to write "valley" but I wrote "alley". So Raymott just corrected my mistake. As usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thank you 5jj and Raymott.

    Actually I made the slip! I meant to write "valley" but I wrote "alley". So Raymott just corrected my mistake. As usual.
    That's quite surprising. I would have expected "alley" to be correct. I would venture to suggest that more people are beaten up in alleys than in valleys!

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