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    The running boy is my son.

    Is the sentence correct?

    Many thanks

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    Default Re: Is sentence correct?

    With caution and depending on context, yes.

    The boy running is my son
    would be more acceptable.

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    Default Re: Is sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    With caution and depending on context, yes.

    The boy running is my son would be more acceptable.
    The running boy is my son.

    Being a non-native speaker, I find the above sentence weird and would consider it incorrect.

    The running dog is my dog. Is this sentence also correct?

    Thanks in advance for your guidance.

    Best wishes.

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    Default Re: Is sentence correct?

    I am not sure which sentence you find odd. Can you be more explicit?

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    Default Re: Is sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I am not sure which sentence you find odd. Can you be more explicit?
    The running boy is my son.

    Being a non-native speaker, I find the above sentence (in bold) weird and would consider it incorrect. I should add that to a native speaker, it is not so.

    I would like to confirm whether 'The running dog is my dog' is also correct to a native speaker.

    My apologies for the lack of clarity.

    Thanks in advance.

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    No problem.

    In the context of several things happening at once, you want to be sure that someone identifies the right subject. So: there are a lot of dogs about: "The running dog is my dog" identifies the specific animal. There are several children playing: "The running boy is my son".

    Does this make sense?

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    Default Re: Is sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    No problem.

    In the context of several things happening at once, you want to be sure that someone identifies the right subject. So: there are a lot of dogs about: "The running dog is my dog" identifies the specific animal. There are several children playing: "The running boy is my son".

    Does this make sense?
    Thanks for the explanation. It certainly makes sense in the situation you cited.

    Best wishes.

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