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    Could you please comment on the following statements?

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    a: Once a gleam, it'll give luster to automobile industry

    b: Once a spark, It'll set the world on fire

    2)
    a) Once a gleam, it gives luster to automobile industry

    b) Once a spark, It sets the world on fire


    Are they grammatically correct?

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    Hello Don

    The structure "once an XYZ" sounds strange to me I'm not quite sure what the intended meaning is!

    Also, in 1a and 2a, you need a "the" before "automobile".

    Would you like to try again? If so, I'll check them for you.

    MrP

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic
    Hello Don
    The structure "once an XYZ" sounds strange to me I'm not quite sure what the intended meaning is!
    Also, in 1a and 2a, you need a "the" before "automobile".
    Would you like to try again? If so, I'll check them for you.
    MrP
    I meant "Once it was only a gleam, but it will give luster to the automobile industry". I need a shorter structure to imply the same meaning. Can I say "Once a gleam, it will give luster..." or "Once a gleam, it gives luster..."

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    What about?

    It was only a gleam, and now ...
    It was only a spark, and now ...

    At one time, only a gleam, and now ...
    At one time, only a spark, and now ...

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