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    We went cycling three abreast.

    It is obligatory for the manager to keep abreast of new employees.

    Please check whether I have placed the word `abreast' correctly in my sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    We went cycling three abreast.

    It is obligatory for the manager to keep abreast of new employees.

    Please check whether I have placed the word `abreast' correctly in my sentence.
    The first sentence is perfectly fine.
    As for the other, the phrase keep abreast of doesn't work with people. I'd say, It is obligatory for the manager to be familiar with new employees.
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    Thank you.
    I am always trying to keep abreast of the affairs in my country though I am now being in abroad.

    Is this sentence correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you.
    I always try to keep abreast of the events in my country though I am now being abroad.

    Is this sentence correct?
    now yes
    Last edited by bianca; 03-Jul-2007 at 18:22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you.
    I am always trying to keep abreast of the affairs in my country though I am now being in abroad.

    Is this sentence correct?
    There's one thing I can't make out - why did you use the Progressive '...I am now being abroad'. I think you were affected by the adverb now - but since the verb be is a stative verb here, it ought to be used in its simple form, am.
    However, if it was some kind of behaviour that you were describing in your sentence, then such usage would be appropriate.

    I always try to keep abreast of the affairs in my country, though I am now abroad.
    I've always regarded you as a rational person, but now you're being unreasonable, really.

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