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    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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    #2

    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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    #3

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

    Correct but unnatural.

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    #4

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    And assuming this was set in the 1980s, of course.
    It was set during a time when at least one person still had a Walkman.

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    #8

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It was set during a time when at least one person still had a Walkman.
    Until 2009, I still had my original Sony Walkman, bought on Venice Beach, California, in 1982! It didn't work, of course, but I couldn't bring myself to part with it until just before I moved to Spain.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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

    Somewhere in a drawer, I have black and white Gameboy. It's about the size of a brick. But it was fun.
    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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