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    #1

    fall/fell

    A newly-wed bridegroom fell to his death from the rooftop of a hotel. No one has seen him fall/fell. The police are investigating the cause of his death.

    1. Is the phrase in bold correct?

    2. Should it be 'fall' or 'fell"?

    3. Are there any errors in the two sentences.

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: fall/fell

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    A newly-wed bridegroom fell to his death from the rooftop of a hotel. No one has seen him fall/fell. The police are investigating the cause of his death.

    1. Is the phrase in bold correct?

    2. Should it be 'fall' or 'fell"?

    3. Are there any errors in the two sentences.

    Thanks in advance.
    A newly married groom fell to his death... hotel. No one saw him fall. (Or perhaps more accurately: The police have been unable to identify anyone who may have witnessed the fall.) Surely the cause of his death would be the trauma resulting from the fall? It says he fell to his death.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: fall/fell

    Thanks, Bob.

    In my country, when a person falls from a height, the police will investigate whether it was a suicide or there was a foul play.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 06-Nov-2009 at 19:56.

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    #4

    Re: fall/fell

    Okay - same here. (And if it was a murder, then someone surely did see him fall - the person who pushed him!)

    That's not what we would call "the cause of death" here, though. The cause is what actually makes the body dead. We would say that the police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: fall/fell

    Newlywed is one word. No one saw him fall. If you write "no one has seen him fall" it sounds like he falls every week-end.

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    #6

    Re: fall/fell

    Thanks, Barb.

    I agree with you.

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    #7

    Re: fall/fell

    Thanks, Konungursvia.

    Newlywed is a noun.

    Can I say newly-wed groom (adverb)
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    Thanks again.

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    #8

    Re: fall/fell

    Yes, it's a noun, you're correct. But we can use nouns to modify other nouns.

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    Thanks, Konungursvia.

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