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    Default His role plays / his role-playing

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    He manages in a striking way: buying her old DDR brand-name products, having children in old uniforms sing ideological songs and even recording his own DDR news programme. His role plays brilliantly reflect life and attitudes in communist times.
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    This is a student review of the film Goodbye Lenin which I found in a CPE sample paper here. According to the examiner, this review contains a few minor errors and I'm trying to spot them.

    Is the last sentence acceptable? I would rewrite it:

    His role-playing brilliantly reflects life and attitudes in communist times.

    I'm not sure if using the plural of "role play" (without the hyphen) really works here (stylistically). The problem is that one might intepret "plays" as a verb, especially without the hyphen. What do you think of the original sentence and my rewrite?

    Thank you in advance.

    P.S. Now that I think about it, the originally sentence is probably fine is as it is. I don't know why it bothered me when I first read it...
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 16-Oct-2012 at 14:04. Reason: added P.S.

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    Default Re: His role plays / his role-playing

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    [...]
    He manages in a striking way: buying her old DDR brand-name products, having children in old uniforms sing ideological songs and even recording his own DDR news programme. His role plays brilliantly reflect life and attitudes in communist times.
    [...]

    This is a student review of the film Goodbye Lenin which I found in a CPE sample paper here. According to the examiner, this review contains a few minor errors and I'm trying to spot them.

    Is the last sentence acceptable? I would rewrite it:

    His role-playing brilliantly reflect life and attitudes in communist times.

    I'm not sure if using the plural of "role play" (without the hyphen) really works here (stylistically). The problem is that one might intepret "plays" as a verb, especially without the hyphen. What do you think of the original sentence and my rewrite?

    Thank you in advance.
    His role-playing brilliantly reflects life and attitudes in communist times.

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    Default Re: His role plays / his role-playing

    Thank you.

    1) His role plays brilliantly reflect life and attitudes in communist times.
    2) His role-playing brilliantly reflects life and attitudes in communist times.

    Are they in your opinion equally good? At first I thought that the second one was better, but now I don't see any significant difference.

    Thank you for your time.

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    Default Re: His role plays / his role-playing

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Thank you.

    1) His role plays brilliantly reflect life and attitudes in communist times.
    2) His role-playing brilliantly reflects life and attitudes in communist times.

    Are they in your opinion equally good? At first I thought that the second one was better, but now I don't see any significant difference.

    Thank you for your time.
    I prefer #2, but there is nothing wrong with #1.

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