Results 1 to 7 of 7
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Nov 2009
    • Posts: 1,049
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    Is "traveled in ...foreign commerce" grammatical?

    Context:
    Based on its evidence, Craig McClusky, of the U.S. Marshals Service, said in the complaint that there is "probable cause" to believe that Dorner has "moved and traveled in interstate and foreign commerce from California to Mexico with the intent to avoid prosecution."

    More:
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/12/christopher-dorner-ex-cop-los-angeles-mexico/1912553/

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 10,369
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: Is "traveled in ...foreign commerce" grammatical?

    Sounds wrong to me.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jan 2010
    • Posts: 1,696
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: Is "traveled in ...foreign commerce" grammatical?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Context:
    Based on its evidence, Craig McClusky, of the U.S. Marshals Service, said in the complaint that there is "probable cause" to believe that Dorner has "moved and traveled in interstate and foreign commerce from California to Mexico with the intent to avoid prosecution."

    More:
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/12/christopher-dorner-ex-cop-los-angeles-mexico/1912553/
    I reviewed part of the US Code and found that the term is used in the Code. As to why it was used in this regard is beyond me. The part about "commerce" is the most confusing as there was no commerce (buying, selling, or trading going on here). It might be a catch-all phrase used by the government in such cases. Also, I can't see how "interstate" applies here as the person was thought to have traveled from one country to another. Interstate means between states.

  1. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: Is "traveled in ...foreign commerce" grammatical?

    I read the article and wondered what sort of fish the state had that could search cars and cause him to run away from them - "He tried to drive that truck away [...] and ran from the truck after encountering state fish and wildlife officers searching cars leaving the mountain."

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jan 2010
    • Posts: 1,696
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: Is "traveled in ...foreign commerce" grammatical?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I read the article and wondered what sort of fish the state had that could search cars and cause him to run away from them - "He tried to drive that truck away [...] and ran from the truck after encountering state fish and wildlife officers searching cars leaving the mountain."
    Yes, it's a bit confusing. A state Fish and Wildlife officer (Fish and Wildlife being a title) in California is a sworn peace officer. Such officers have both the right and the obligation to enforce state and federal laws. There are many types of peace officers in the US. For example, a park ranger in a federal park (Yellowstone Park, for example) can, and will, act as a police officer if the occasion arises.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: Is "traveled in ...foreign commerce" grammatical?

    Travel(l)ed on foreign business/commerce would work better for me.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 10,369
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: Is "traveled in ...foreign commerce" grammatical?

    I don't think "travel" works with "commerce" at all. The idea is that he engaged in interstate commerce, which is a trigger that turns criminal activity into a federal case. A common criminal within one state's line is not typically a federal police matter. When you cross state lines, it becomes such.

Similar Threads

  1. [General] Preparing for "English as a foreign language" test?
    By NikkiBarber in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-Jan-2011, 11:05
  2. [Vocabulary] [Commerce] Differences between "enterprise" and "venture"?
    By pinbong in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 19-Dec-2010, 17:45
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 20-Jun-2010, 12:12
  4. Help me edit, "Advantage of e-commerce)
    By takiko in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-Mar-2010, 18:13
  5. How do you notice "foreign accents" ?
    By Masfer in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 28-Dec-2003, 19:42

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •