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    ' I went to the cinema yesterday, and the only thing lacked was a storyline.' How is the word 'lacked' defined in this instance. Is it a finite verb or a participle, whatever? Does the sentence make grammatical sense, and if not why not?

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    Re: GRAMMAR

    Please give your threads more informative titles than "Grammar."

    I don't find the sentence grammatical. To me, the word "lacked" needs to be "lacking."

    The only thing IT lacked, or the only thing lacking.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Specific to your advice concerning 'lacked'.

    Thank you for having taken the trouble

    Just a couple of queries if it's all the same - IT lacked, as you advised, would, I think, only make sense if somewhere a film had been specified beforehand. The cinema itself did not lack a storyline, if I'm right in this instance? Secondly, I'm wondering if a degree of poetic licence is permissible that would allow for the omission of IT before the word lacked (as I have, maybe erroneously, taken the liberty to do)?

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    Re: GRAMMAR

    I would assume by your reference to the cinema that you meant the movie/film was lacking a good story. I don't have a problem making the logical leap from "to the cinema" to thinking you mean the movie.

    No, I don't think poetic license allows you to drop the subject from a clause.
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    Re:Specific to your second reply.

    Short and sweet, I'm obliged to make you right in both instances. In my defense, which probably sounds indulgent, but I have only now, in the past week or so,decided to undertake a proper study of grammar. I've found verbs to be the most taxing, and this has resulted in me heading down a number of blind alleys. However, the necessity of keeping things simple is being brought home to me, all be it slowly. You sound like someone who doesn't waste words, so neither will I, except to so 'ta'.

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    Re: GRAMMAR

    You might be interested in this thread: Lost, missing, lacking

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