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    Default Sue appears out of nowhere and Carl drops his walkman to the ground

    In the sentence "Sue appears out of nowhere and Carl drops his walkman to the ground" is the grammar correct?

    Context: The action occurs in the street.

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    Default Re: Sue appears out of nowhere and Carl drops his walkman to the ground

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikitus View Post
    In the sentence "Sue appears out of nowhere and Carl drops his walkman to the ground" is the grammar correct?

    Context: The action occurs in the street.

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    Yes, correct.

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    Default Re: Sue appears out of nowhere and Carl drops his walkman to the ground

    Correct but unnatural.

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    Default Re: Sue appears out of nowhere and Carl drops his walkman to the ground

    "Walkman" should be capitalised. The "Sony Walkman" is a brand name. It's grammatical but it's only natural if Carl dropped his Walkman specifically as a result of Sue surprising him by appearing out of nowhere. Otherwise, it's just two seemingly unrelated incidents.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Sue appears out of nowhere and Carl drops his walkman to the ground

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Walkman" should be capitalised. The "Sony Walkman" is a brand name. It's grammatical but it's only natural if Carl dropped his Walkman specifically as a result of Sue surprising him by appearing out of nowhere. Otherwise, it's just two seemingly unrelated incidents.
    It seemed to me that the surprise was the cause of the dropping.

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    Default Re: Sue appears out of nowhere and Carl drops his walkman to the ground

    And assuming this was set in the 1980s, of course.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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