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    Smile sentences

    (1) I felt regretful for what a foolish trick I had played on her,
    so I called up my courage to apologize to her.

    (2) I felt regretful, so I called up my courage to apologize to her
    for what a foolish trick I had played on her.

    Which is better, (1) or (2) ?

    (3) On the contrary, she bursted into tears and lay her face dwonwards
    the desk.

    Is (3) acceptable ?
    Last edited by contiluo; 22-May-2010 at 15:04. Reason: typo

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    Re: sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by contiluo View Post
    (1) I felt regretful for what a foolish trick I had played on her,
    so I called up my courage to apologize to her.

    (2) I felt regretful, so I called up my courage to apologize to her
    for what a foolish trick I had played on her.

    Which is better, (1) or (2) ?

    (3) On the contrary, she bursted into tears and lay her face dwonwards
    the desk.

    Is (3) acceptable ?
    We rarely say "I feel/felt regretful". Usually, we would say "I regret/regretted", so your sentences would be:

    1) I regretted the foolish trick I had played on her, so I plucked up the courage to apologise.

    2) I regretted my actions, so I plucked up the courage to apologise to her for the foolish trick I had played [on her].

    "To pluck up the courage" means to find the courage/bravery to do something.

    Sentence 3 - the past of burst is burst! And we don't say "lay her face downwards on...."

    On the contrary, she burst into tears and lay (or laid - both are possible for the past of "lay") her face down on the desk.

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