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    colloquial effect??

    Are the following sentences grammatically correct, and is there another way of expressing the same things which gives a much more colloquial effect?

    1. My mother is done with kitchen errands.
    2. How can you switch on the light, when there is a power failure?
    3. I have learnt how to start a car.


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    Re: colloquial effect??

    1. My mother is done with kitchen errands.
    ::'.done with the kitchen errands.' Otherwise it is likely that mother will never ever do kitchen errands again. As well, I would usually use 'chores' instead of 'errands.' : My mother is done with the kitchen chores.
    ::for a more colloquial feel: "Mom's done in the kitchen."
    2. How can you switch on the light, when there is a power failure?
    ::You don't want a comma in this sentence; it breaks the flow.
    ::colloquial: "How do you turn on the lights when the power's down?"
    3. I have learnt how to start a car.
    ::Grammatically this is okay. Any variations would depend heavily on the context in which it was said.


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    Re: colloquial effect??

    Thanks a lot, Jsmiley!!!!

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