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    preposition,comma,definite article

    Hi native English speakers!

    I have a few questions that I'm sure someone out there can help me with.

    1. The view from the prison to/towards the Golden Gate Bridge in/to the west and San Fransisco in/to the south is unique.

    2. The prison was shut down by (the) Attorney General Robert ....(with or without the)

    3. For many years the cable car has been the big/biggest tourist attraction.

    4. In 1960 the city experienced a violent earthquake, which immediately started an awful fire.(comma or not)

    This is what I think sounds the best, but are the other options still acceptable English?
    1. towards+to the east
    2. both with ot without article sounds ok
    3. both are ok
    4. with comma, since you're adding additional information

    I'm looking forward to some answers from native speakers.

    Nille

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    Re: preposition,comma,definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by nille12345 View Post
    Hi native English speakers!

    I have a few questions that I'm sure someone out there can help me with.

    1. The view from the prison, towards the Golden Gate Bridge to the west and San Fransisco to the south, is unique. I would write it like this.

    2. The prison was shut down by (the) Attorney General Robert ....(with or without the)
    Either with or without is OK.
    3. For many years the cable car has been the big/biggest tourist attraction.
    "A big" or "the biggest". You can only use "the biggest" if you mean the biggest attraction at the prison.
    4. In 1960 the city experienced a violent earthquake, which immediately started an awful fire.(comma or not) No comma.



    I'm looking forward to some answers from native speakers.

    Nille
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    Re: preposition,comma,definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by nille12345 View Post
    Hi native English speakers!

    I have a few questions that I'm sure someone out there can help me with.

    1. The view from the prison to/towards the Golden Gate Bridge in/to the west and San Fransisco in/to the south is unique.

    2. The prison was shut down by (the) Attorney General Robert ....(with or without the)

    3. For many years the cable car has been the big/biggest tourist attraction.

    4. In 1960 the city experienced a violent earthquake, which immediately started an awful fire.(comma or not)

    This is what I think sounds the best, but are the other options still acceptable English?
    1. towards+to the east
    2. both with ot without article sounds ok
    3. both are ok
    4. with comma, since you're adding additional information

    I'm looking forward to some answers from native speakers.

    Nille
    1. "The view from the prison of the Golden Gate Bridge..."(and I don't see much difference between the use of "in/to" in the remainder, except that it could depend on the position/perspective of the speaker/writer).

    2. Use "the" without the Attorney General's name and exclude it with his name.

    3. Either is OK depending on whether the speaker/writer means general popularity ("big") or some evidence indicates tourists consider it the most popular ("biggest").

    4. I am a "comma conservative".

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    Re: preposition,comma,definite article

    Thanks !

    So both options "the view of/towards.." are possible?
    I think "to the west-to the south" sound better, but I'm not a native speaker. What do you think?
    So there shouldn't be a comma in the last sentence?

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    Re: preposition,comma,definite article

    I've checked a few English-English dictionaries, but I don't find any examples where "towards" is used after "view", but it may still be acceptable, or?

    Nille

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    Re: preposition,comma,definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by nille12345 View Post
    I've checked a few English-English dictionaries, but I don't find any examples where "towards" is used after "view", but it may still be acceptable, or?

    Nille
    I agree that "towards" doesn't really fit well with "view" if the spealer/writer (s/w) is referring only to the bridge itself, but if the s/w is referring to the panorama within the view of the bridge, then it would seem to be acceptable.

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    Re: preposition,comma,definite article

    Thanks for your answer.
    It makes sense what you're saying.
    How about my comma?
    Do you think "in" the west/south is acceptable in my sentence, because I think "to" sounds a lot better?

    Nille

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    Re: preposition,comma,definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by nille12345 View Post
    Thanks for your answer.
    It makes sense what you're saying.
    How about my comma?
    Do you think "in" the west/south is acceptable in my sentence, because I think "to" sounds a lot better?

    Nille
    As I said I am a "comma conservative" so I don't use unless they are absolutely important to the meaning of the statement. I think "in" and "to" are both acceptable. But if forced to choose I'll go with "to".

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