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    Exclamation they did so to London?

    We drove to Paris, but they did so to London.


    Is this sentence really correct? It looks very odd in my opinion ...

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    Default Re: they did so to London?

    We drove to Paris, they did too to London.

    We drove to Paris, so we did too to London.

    That's what I think though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learning3nglish View Post
    We drove to Paris, but they did so to London.


    Is this sentence really correct? It looks very odd in my opinion ...
    Does it come from a passage? What is the context?

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    Default Re: they did so to London?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Does it come from a passage? What is the context?
    No. The actual sentence is 'We drove to Paris'. I used the do so substitution to check, whether 'to Paris' is a syntactic argument or an adjunct.

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    Default Re: they did so to London?

    We drove to Paris, but they did so to London.

    Sounds odd to me.
    Why not:

    We drove to Paris while they drove to London.

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    Default Re: they did so to London?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning3nglish View Post
    No. The actual sentence is 'We drove to Paris'. I used the do so substitution to check, whether 'to Paris' is a syntactic argument or an adjunct.
    Your addition doesn't work - 'did so' in that context means 'drove to Paris'. So this would be OK 'They drove to Paris. So did we'

    If "drove" is used with contrastive stress ("[They usually go by train, but this time] they drove to Paris', you could say 'They drove to Paris. We did so [=to Paris] too' but although I think this is justified by the stress it could still be thought to sound odd.

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    Default Re: they did so to London?

    Ex: We drove to Paris, but they did so to London.
    Ex: We drove to Paris, and they did so, too.

    Note, 'did so' replaces the entire verb phrase, the verb and its object, which is why your example 'did so to London' doesn't work; there are two semantic objects,

    1. so (= to Paris)
    2. to London

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    Default Re: they did so to London?

    We drove to Paris but they to London. (ellipsis)

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    Default Re: they did so to London?

    We drove to Paris but they to London.
    We drove to Paris while they drove to London.

    I know both are correct but which is better?

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    Default Re: they did so to London?

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    We drove to Paris but they to London. (ellipsis)
    It's good.

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