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    hostage

    Hello.

    hostage [noun]
    a person who is captured and held prisoner by a person or group, and who may be injured or killed if people do not do what the person or group is asking:
    - Three children were taken hostage during the bank robbery.
    - He was held hostage for almost a year.
    - The government is negotiating the release of the hostages.
    - The hijackers kept the pilot as a hostage on board the plane.


    Can I change hostage into "as hostages"?
    Can I change hostage into "as a hostage"?
    Can I change as a hostage into "hostage"?

    Thank you.


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    Re: hostage

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    hostage [noun]
    a person who is captured and held prisoner by a person or group, and who may be injured or killed if people do not do what the person or group is asking:
    - Three children were taken hostage during the bank robbery.
    - He was held hostage for almost a year.
    - The government is negotiating the release of the hostages.
    - The hijackers kept the pilot as a hostage on board the plane.

    Can I change hostage into "as hostages"?
    Can I change hostage into "as a hostage"?
    Can I change as a hostage into "hostage"?

    Thank you.
    I say yes to your three questions. However, I think the sentences are good enough as they are, or maybe even better. There's no need to change them. Understanding the possibilities is good for any writing you may do later.

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