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    hey

    yesterday I was talking about a book I've read and I mentioned the phrase

    it ought to look awkward:"Bruno is on one side and Shmuel on the other side of the fence"

    my friend told me that it should be
    it ought to look awkward:"Bruno's on one side of the fence and Shmuel on the other".

    which one is correct?
    Last edited by meee; 11-Dec-2009 at 19:58.


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    Re: question

    it ought to look awkward:"Bruno is on on side and Shmuel on the other side of the fence"

    my friend told me that it should be
    it ought to look awkward:"Bruno's on side of the fence and Shmuel on the other".
    (Not a teacher)

    It's hard to tell if a lot of this is just typo and missing words through typing...

    The first is more correct because 'one' is there (you wrote 'on', but I assume it was a typo). However, neither are correct.

    It seems your friend was just contracting the verb 'be', which isn't more or less correct. But he missed 'one' (again, maybe a typo) - you can't have just "Bruno is on side of the fence".

    Also, in both sentences, it would be better to have the verb 'be' for Shmuel as well.

    As for 'of the fence' - I don't think it matters grammatically which clause (Bruno, or Shmuel) takes this phrase. However, from an inference point of view, saying it in Bruno's clause seems less ambiguous.

    So a correct sentence would be: "Bruno is (Bruno's) on one side of the fence and Shmuel is (Shmuel's) on the other."


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    Re: question

    it was just a typo (x2), I meant "bruno is on one side..." but due to a lack of time I didn't had the opportunity to double-check my sentence

    I sincerely apologize

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    Re: question

    Quote Originally Posted by meee View Post
    it was just a typo (x2), I meant "bruno is on one side..." but due to a lack of time I didn't had the opportunity to double-check my sentence

    I sincerely apologize

    it was just a typo (x2), I meant "bruno is on one side..." but due to a lack of time I didn't have the opportunity to double-check my sentence.

    After the auxilliary did/didn't the verb is in the bare infinitive.

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