Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Apr 2010
    • Posts: 425
    #1

    my two friends

    Surprisingly, my two friends are willing to help me.

    This sentence seems grammatical, but I cannot confirm it. Is it correct?

  1. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,868
    #2

    Re: my two friends

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Surprisingly, my two friends are willing to help me.

    This sentence seems grammatical, but I cannot confirm it. Is it correct?
    I can't see anything wrong with it grammatically - it makes sense. The only question I would have is whether or not you really only have two friends. If you do, then "My two friends" is OK. If you have more than two friends, then perhaps "two of my friends" may be better.

    However, if it refers back to two specific friends who have already been mentioned in the passage, then it may well make perfect sense.

    For example:

    I am out shopping with two friends when I decide that I want to steal a pair of trousers from my favourite shop. I can't do it alone though. Surprisingly, my two friends are willing to help me.

    It is clear which two friends you are referring to, because they have been mentioned in the first sentence.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #3

    Re: my two friends

    Some might complain that "surprisingly" is an adverb that has no verb to modify. Same as starting a sentence with "Hopefully,..."

    (Instead of "Hopefully, my team will win today" some say that it should be something like "It is my hope that my team..." or "I hope that...")

    The meaning is understood. I would not complain.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 29-Aug-2009, 18:18
  2. you and your friends
    By cenerentola in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 29-Apr-2008, 12:39
  3. Hello friends
    By kravikumar in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-Apr-2006, 11:45

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •