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    Is the following sentences acceptable?

    Once I took the train back to Taipei from Ilan. In the halfway Juifang station, a group of high school students got on the coach. Crowding outside the toilet, they were noisily laughing and joking as if there were no one else. I just came out of the lavatory, while the train was making a turn; I hit one of the students.

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    Default Re: got on the coach

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

    Once I took the train back to Taipei from Ilan. In the Halfway, at the Juifang station, a group of high school students got on the coach. Crowding outside the toilet, they were noisily laughing and joking as if there were no one else on the train. As I just came out of the lavatory, while the train was making a turn, I hit one of the students.
    Was it accidently, Ashiuhto or accidently on purpose?

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    Default Re: got on the coach

    "Coach" is used for buses, not for train cars in AmE. (Even then "coach" is only used to make a bus sound fancy.) I would say "a group of students got on the car."

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    Default Re: got on the coach

    "Coach" is fine in BrE for the separate sections of a train.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: got on the coach

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Was it accidently, Ashiuhto or accidently on purpose?
    Just for info, this is the first time I have ever seen this spelling of "accidentally". I was honestly surprised to find it in a couple of online dictionaries.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: got on the coach

    In the last sentence, should it be better to add an adverb 'accidentally' as written:

    As I came out of the lavatory, while the train was making a trun, I accidentally hit one of the students.

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    Default Re: got on the coach

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    In the last sentence, should it be better to add an adverb 'accidentally' as written:

    As I came out of the lavatory, while the train was making a trun, I accidentally hit one of the students.
    Well, without "accidentally/accidently" the use of the term "hit" makes the action sound intentional. So, to avoid any misunderstanding I would say, "I collided with one of the students".

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    Default Re: got on the coach

    Or "....accidentally bumped into one of the students."

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