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    Question Is the use of 'random' correct in this sentence?

    Hello,

    The following if from a news story in a local newspaper:

    The victims have been harassed with lewd phone calls for the last four months. Abusive emails and messages from random email IDs and mobile numbers stolen by the student also flooded the victim's mail and message boxes.

    Is the use of 'random' correct in the above sentence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    Hello,

    The following if from a news story in a local newspaper:

    The victims have been harassed with lewd phone calls for the last four months. Abusive emails and messages from random email IDs and mobile numbers stolen by the student also flooded the victim's mail and message boxes.

    Is the use of 'random' correct in the above sentence?

    Thank you
    Yes, It's correct because the emails IDs are choose with no rules. It's just some pick up numbers.

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    Re: Is the use of 'random' correct in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    Hello,

    The following if from a news story in a local newspaper:

    The victims have been harassed with lewd phone calls for the last four months. Abusive emails and messages from random email IDs and mobile numbers stolen by the student also flooded the victim's mail and message boxes.

    Is the use of 'random' correct in the above sentence?

    Thank you
    Yes, random is correct.

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    Re: Is the use of 'random' correct in this sentence?

    @MikeNewYork, thank you.
    @kouyateamara, thank you and welcome to the forum.

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    Re: Is the use of 'random' correct in this sentence?

    Hello kouyateamara and welcome to the forum. If you are going to answer questions in this forum, you must ensure that your answers are given in correct English.

    Yes, it's correct because the email IDs are chosen at random.

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    Re: Is the use of 'random' correct in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by kouyateamara View Post
    Yes, It's correct because the emails IDs are choose with no rules. It's just some pick up numbers.
    Your reply is ungrammatical, kouyateamara.

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    Re: Is the use of 'random' correct in this sentence?

    hi

    Does the random here means chosen at random or more likely unknown and unidentified ?

    cheers

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    Re: Is the use of 'random' correct in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    hi

    Does the random here means chosen at random or more likely unknown and unidentified ?

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    The IDs and mobile numbers are not random, because they were obviously stolen opportunistically. But once you have them, you can choose them randomly to use. I think it really does mean random. Anyhow, if an email address, ID, or phone number is unknown, how could they use it?

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