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    Question Is my translation correct

    Recently i read an article in my language, and i tried to translate certain passage from it to English. Is my translation correct? Please help me.

    Dog's ties with a chain. Elephant's also ties with a chain. So can you put the chain of a dog for an elephant? or
    So Can you tie an elephant with the chain of a dog?

    thank you.
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    Re: Is my translation correct

    Dogs are tied with a chain. Elephants are also tied with a chain.

    So, can you use a dog chain to tie an elephant?


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    Question Re: Is my translation correct

    Thank you soothingDave,

    Can any one plese tell me what was my mistake in the language?

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    Re: Is my translation correct

    /A learner/

    The grammar mistakes, you have asked about.

    Quote Originally Posted by jinualex View Post
    Recently i read (You have used the simple past instead of the present perfect. Also you didn't capitalise i)

    an article in my language, (no need for the comma here) and i (again) tried to translate certain passage from it to English. Is my translation correct? Please help me.

    Dog's ties with a chain.
    Dog's ~ the genitive form, possession
    ties ~ indefinite aspect of the verb to tie, passive voice "tied" should have been used
    No verb to be in the sentence (are)


    Elephant's also ties with a chain.
    The same as in the first one

    So can you put the chain of a dog (for) on an elephant? or
    So Can you tie an elephant with the chain of a dog?

    thank you.
    Soothing Dave has given us a perfect solution for saying it.

    So, can you use a dog chain to tie an elephant?

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    Re: Is my translation correct

    Quote Originally Posted by jinualex View Post
    Thank you soothingDave,

    Can any one plese tell me what was my mistake in the language?
    There are several mistakes. First of all plurals are formed by adding an "s," not a "'s." Apostrophe s indicates possession, not plural.

    Second, you say "Dog's ties with a chain." This is not the proper verb form either. If you meant that dogs ties something, then you should use "tie" not "ties."

    But you do not mean that dogs tie something, you mean that their owners tie up the dogs with a chain. You have to use the passive "are tied."

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