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    Complex sentence

    Hello!

    I took an entering exam yesterday and there was the following sentence:

    The word (SoHo) is derived from a hunting call "Soho", which the huntsmen were heard to cry as they chased deer in the royal parklands.

    I had to translate it into russian. I wrote - which the hunters should exclaim if they chased deer.

    Am I totally wrong? Could you explain me were heard to cry more clearly?

    Thanks in advance.

    PS I found my first mistake in the test immediately I left the lecture hall - I translated Piccadilly circus as the place of entertaining
    Is there a real circus near Piccadilly circus?

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    Re: Complex sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by greegorush View Post
    hello!

    I took an entering exam yesterday and there was the following sentence:

    The word (soho) is derived from a hunting call "soho", which the huntsmen were heard to cry as they chased deer in the royal parklands.

    I had to translate it into russian. I wrote - which the hunters should exclaim if they chased deer.

    am i totally wrong? Could you explain me were heard to cry more clearly?
    "were heard to cry" is the passive voice of the past tense.
    As the huntsmen chased the deer, people heard them cry 'soho'.
    people heard them cry > they were heard to cry (by other people).

    thanks in advance.

    ps i found my first mistake in the test immediately i left the lecture hall - i translated piccadilly circus as the place of entertaining
    Is there a real circus near piccadilly circus?
    you can hope they've hastily erected one! but a circus is also a circular/oblong street arrangement. It originated in rome where the circus was a forum for chariot races, eg. See the Circus Maximus.
    r.

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    Re: Complex sentence

    It's funny, though, because New York and Hong Kong also have districts called SoHo. In New York, people say it's an abbreviation of South Houston (Av). In Hong Kong, nobody ever said why, but it's probably in imitation of London's.

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