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    Question "so do the words" or "so are the words"

    could you please tell me which sentence is correct :
    "The world is changing all the time , so do the words."
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    " The world is changing all the time , so are the words."

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    Re: "so do the words" or "so are the words"

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    could you please tell me which sentence is correct :
    "The world is changing all the time , so do the words."
    or
    " The world is changing all the time , so are the words."

    The second sentence is correct ; this is an ellipsis which uses the word "so" or the words "and so", followed by the verb or the first auxiliary verb.

    In English, words can sometimes be omitted from a sentence without changing the meaning of the sentence. The words which are omitted are said to be "understood". This type of short form is usually referred to as ellipsis.
    source: English Grammar

    " The world is changing all the time , and so / so are the words."

    The world changes all the time,and so / so do the words.
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    Re: "so do the words" or "so are the words"

    Remove the article "the". There is only one world, the use of "the" is required. We do not know to which particular words you are referring so, without context, there should be no "the".

    "The world is changing, and so are words."

    "The world is changing and so are the words we use."

    "...the languages we speak."

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    Re: "so do the words" or "so are the words"

    Quote Originally Posted by weiming View Post
    Remove the article "the". There is only one world, the use of "the" is required. We do not know to which particular words you are referring so, without context, there should be no "the".

    "The world is changing, and so are words."

    "The world is changing and so are the words we use."

    "...the languages we speak."

    et c.
    You are right! I should have thought it over.

    Is my last sentence correct? Should I say : I should have thought about it.[?]

    Thank you.

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    Re: "so do the words" or "so are the words"

    To "think something over" usually implies a decision must be made, not an evaluation or asnwer. But it's fine as far as I'm concerned.

    I couldn't technically say you're wrong in that sense either, you could have been thinking over writing the response the way you did!

    I should have thought it over before I said he was lazy. (sounds a little wierd)

    I bought that used car in a rush, but I really should have thought it over. (the decision to buy the car)("normal", if there is such a thing)

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    Re: "so do the words" or "so are the words"

    Quote Originally Posted by weiming View Post
    To "think something over" usually implies a decision must be made, not an evaluation or asnwer. But it's fine as far as I'm concerned.

    I couldn't technically say you're wrong in that sense either, you could have been thinking over writing the response the way you did!

    I should have thought it over before I said he was lazy. (sounds a little wierd)

    I bought that used car in a rush, but I really should have thought it over. (the decision to buy the car)("normal", if there is such a thing)
    Hi Weiming

    Thank you very much for clarifying that.

    All the best.

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