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    Default Can I write like that?

    (Do the following sentences give exactly same meaning?)

    1.He had an etraordianry tale to tell. (This is the correct sentense.)
    The extraordinary tale that he had to tell. (Is it correct?)
    2.He had been thrown on to the floor of the car and told to keep quiet.(Correct)
    Someone had thrown him on to the floor of the car and told him to keep quiet. (Is it correct?)

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    Default Re: Can I write like that?

    Quote Originally Posted by moniza View Post
    (Do the following sentences give exactly same meaning?)

    1.He had an etraordianry tale to tell. (This is the correct sentense.)
    The extraordinary tale that he had to tell. (Is it correct?)
    2.He had been thrown on to the floor of the car and told to keep quiet.(Correct)
    Someone had thrown him on to the floor of the car and told him to keep quiet. (Is it correct?)

    Thank you in advance.
    The sentences (2) have very nearly the same meaning; the main difference is that 'someone' suggests that it was one person who did the throwing - with the verb in the passive, he might have been thrown down by any number of people.

    'The extraordinary tale that he had to tell' doesn't mean the same as sentence 1, because it's not a sentence; it's a noun phrase + a relative clause. The relative clause is fine. Try making "the tale" the subject of the verb "was" - you're on the right track.

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    Default Re: Can I write like that?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The sentences (2) have very nearly the same meaning; the main difference is that 'someone' suggests that it was one person who did the throwing - with the verb in the passive, he might have been thrown down by any number of people.

    'The extraordinary tale that he had to tell' doesn't mean the same as sentence 1, because it's not a sentence; it's a noun phrase + a relative clause. The relative clause is fine. Try making "the tale" the subject of the verb "was" - you're on the right track.

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    Bobk!
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    The tale was extraordinary he had to tell.(Is it correct)
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    Default Re: Can I write like that?

    Quote Originally Posted by moniza View Post
    Bobk!
    Thank you very much !

    The tale that he had to tell was extraordinary .(Is it correct)
    Or, if you want to sound rather literary, and emphasize how extraordinary the tale was, 'It was an extraordinary tale that he had to tell', or - even more emphatic - 'How extraordinary was the tale that he had to tell!' In all three cases, the relative clause (that he had to tell) is the same. You had this right in your first post!


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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Or, if you want to sound rather literary, and emphasize how extraordinary the tale was, 'It was an extraordinary tale that he had to tell', or - even more emphatic - 'How extraordinary was the tale that he had to tell!' In all three cases, the relative clause (that he had to tell) is the same. You had this right in your first post!


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