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    Can you help me?

    - Everything Dean´s parents do is for his best. (correct?)


    - At the end of the party, as the parents were drunk, they started to argue about their children, but one of the parents, the father, threw a glass of beer at the other one´s face.

    (May I correct but one of the parents, the father for:
    - the father of one of the boys threw (...).

    - My party was spoiled by a fight between three friends of mine that were drunk. On the next day, my mom called two of the boys´ parents (or: the parents of two of the boys ??) and they talked for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliano
    Can you help me?

    - Everything Dean´s parents do is for his best. (correct?)
    That is correct.

    [quote]- At the end of the party, as the parents were drunk, they started to argue about their children, but one of the parents, the father, threw a glass of beer at the other one´s face.

    (May I correct but one of the parents, the father for:
    - the father of one of the boys threw (...).[/correct]

    Yes. Your version is better than the original.

    - My party was spoiled by a fight between three friends of mine that were drunk. On the next day, my mom called two of the boys´ parents (or: the parents of two of the boys ??) and they talked for a long time.
    I prefer "the parents of two of the boys." It is not clear, however, in either case, if the two boys have the same parents. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliano

    - Everything Dean´s parents do is for his best. (correct?)
    Try:
    • Everything Dean's parents do is for his benefit.

    Or:
    • Everything Dean's parents do is with his best interests in mind.

    The word best is not normally used as a noun.


    Quote Originally Posted by juliano
    - At the end of the party, as the parents were drunk, they started to argue about their children, but one of the parents, the father, threw a glass of beer at the other one´s face.

    (May I correct but one of the parents, the father for:
    - the father of one of the boys threw (...).
    You can't use "but" at all. You are not contradicting anything. Perhaps:
    • At the end of the party, as the parents were drunk, they argued about their children, and one of the parents, the father of one of the boys, threw beer in the other one's face.



    Quote Originally Posted by juliano
    - My party was spoiled by a fight between three friends of mine that were drunk. On the next day, my mom called two of the boys´ parents (or: the parents of two of the boys ??) and they talked for a long time.
    Use either. (I prefer the second one.)

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by juliano

    - Everything Dean´s parents do is for his best. (correct?)
    Try:
    • Everything Dean's parents do is for his benefit.

    Or:
    • Everything Dean's parents do is with his best interests in mind.

    The word best is not normally used as a noun.


    Quote Originally Posted by juliano
    - At the end of the party, as the parents were drunk, they started to argue about their children, but one of the parents, the father, threw a glass of beer at the other one´s face.

    (May I correct but one of the parents, the father for:
    - the father of one of the boys threw (...).
    You can't use "but" at all. You are not contradicting anything. Perhaps:
    • At the end of the party, as the parents were drunk, they argued about their children, and one of the parents, the father of one of the boys, threw beer in the other one's face.



    Quote Originally Posted by juliano
    - My party was spoiled by a fight between three friends of mine that were drunk. On the next day, my mom called two of the boys´ parents (or: the parents of two of the boys ??) and they talked for a long time.
    Use either. (I prefer the second one.)

    :)
    Good point about the "but". :wink:

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    Default throw in

    You said:

    threw beer in his face.

    Is the preposition fine there? Shouldn´t it be "at his face"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by apparrode
    You said:

    threw beer in his face.

    Is the preposition fine there? Shouldn´t it be "at his face"?
    No. Strangely, "in" is correct. :wink:

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    To me 'at' would give a general direction, but doesn't necessarily mean that the beer reached its target. 'In' is much more satifactory as it suggests the target was hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    To me 'at' would give a general direction, but doesn't necessarily mean that the beer reached its target. 'In' is much more satifactory as it suggests the target was hit.
    Hmmm. I don't think "at his face" works even if the beer missed its target. I think most would say "tried to throw beer in his face, but missed". :wink:

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    I only throw beer in people's faces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I only throw beer in people's faces.
    You should try drinking it instead.

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