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    #1

    occupied with nothing

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    1. Being occupied with nothing, we children felt bored.
    2. Therefore, we decided to think of something funny to do.
    3. One of my cousins, Frank, suggested playing hide-and-seek.
    4. Then we began to play the amusing game.

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    #2

    Re: occupied with nothing

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    Are the following sentences acceptable?

    1. Having nothing to occupy us, we children felt bored.
    2. Therefore, we decided to think of something funny to do.
    3. One of my cousins, Frank, suggested playing hide-and-seek.
    4. Then we began to play the amusing game.
    Bhai.

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    #3

    Re: occupied with nothing

    Something "fun" to do, not "funny."

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    #4

    Re: occupied with nothing

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Something "fun" to do, not "funny."
    "Funny" could work in some contexts, if the children were planning a prank for example. However I agree here it sounds odd, when what they came up with was a game. "Fun" would be better, you're right.

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