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    #1

    Cool help

    Hello There!

    I need your help please!

    1) Does the structure "something else other than" exist?

    2) Is it better to say "short after" or "shortly after"? For instance, short after/shortly after he arrived, he called someone".

    3)This film is great. It's kind of magic. (Would it be better to say "it's a kind of magic").

    Cheers!

    W

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    #2

    Smile Re: help

    1 the structure 'something else other than' does exist.
    e.g. Can you give me something else other than money?
    this sentence can be used when a child whose father always offers money and doesn't pay much attention to the mental communication.In this situation, the son can say it to his father.

    2 ' shortly after' is better, which means 'soon' or ' a short moment later'
    Shortly after he arrived, he told me the good news.
    Here ' shortly after' can be replaced by ' as soon as'.
    3 here 'kind of' means 'a little'
    so we can not replace it as ' a kind of'
    Meanwhile, ‘kind of' equal 'sort of' both can refer to a moderate degree.

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    #3

    Re: help

    Coud a native speaker answer on these ones, please?

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    Re: help

    1) Yes but 'else' is redundant unless used for emphasis
    2) short after = wrong, not English; shortly after = correct
    3) no 'a' - magic (adj) = wonderful, amazing; magic (n) = what magicians perform. In any case, I wouldn't use 'magic' to describe a film - there are many, more preferable superlatives you can use

    Hope that helps
    Bertie

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