Results 1 to 10 of 10
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,333
    #1

    correct usage of the words

    I visited a couple's house at a roadside in Sri Lanka. It was very small, dirty, hot, and noisy; it looked like a garage.

    When I visited another house one day to talk to the residents, I was surprised that it was the house of the couple I mention above. I asked them how they could afford to buy such a big house. The husband told me that a very rich man came to see him and requested to exchange his tiny house, including the land, with his three-storey house for the reason only the rich man knows. The poor man agreed and the deal was done.

    Now there were no worries about their financial difficulties. Their lives were totally changed

    1) Is 'at the roadside' correct or should it be 'by the roadside'?

    2) Is 'done' correct? I think 'sealed' is the appropriate word.

    3) Is the sentence in bold natural? If not, how should it be rephrased?

    4) Should it be "Their life was..."?

    5) Are there any errors in the paragraph?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 25-Apr-2011 at 18:39.

  1. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #2

    Re: correct usage of the words

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I visited a couple's house at a roadside in Sri Lanka. It was very small, dirty, hot, and noisy; it looked like a garage.

    When I visited another house one day to talk to the residents, I was surprised that it was the house of the couple I mentioned above. I asked them how they could afford to buy such a big house. The husband told me that a very rich man came (had come?) to see him and requested to exchange his tiny house, including the land, with for his three-storey house, for the a reason (only the rich man knows) known only to the rich man. The poor man agreed and the deal was done.

    1) Is 'at the roadside' correct or should it be 'by the roadside'? I'd use 'by the roadside' or 'at the side of a road'.
    2) Is 'done' correct? It's widely used.
    I think 'sealed' is the appropriate word. Probably inappropriate. I doubt if there was any sealing, or even signing. It might well have been just a handshake. 'Done' covers all possibilities.

    3) Are there any errors in the paragraph? I've marked them.

    Thanks.
    5

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,333
    #3

    Re: correct usage of the words

    Many thanks for your corrections and comments, Fivejedjon.

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

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #4

    Re: correct usage of the words

    Now there were no worries about their financial difficulties.
    "Now there were no worries about their financial situation."

    or

    "Now there were no financial worries ."

    (I guess they don't have property tax?)

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,333
    #5

    Re: correct usage of the words

    Hi Fivejedjon

    I visited a couple's house at a roadside in Sri Lanka.

    The original phrase is 'at a roadside'. Would it be wrong if I write 'by a roadside' since the roadside was not mentioned earlier?

    Sorry to trouble you again.

    Thanks.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,333
    #6

    Re: correct usage of the words

    Thanks, SoothingDave.

    Now there were no worries about their financial difficulties. Their lives were totally changed.

    Should it be "Their life was totally changed" instead of "Their lives were..."?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,333
    #7

    Re: correct usage of the words

    Hi Fivejedjon and SoothingDave

    I hope the various posts are not confusing as they have criss-crossed. I look forward to hearing from both of you.

    Thanks.

  2. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #8

    Re: correct usage of the words

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The original phrase is 'at a roadside'. Would it be wrong if I write 'by a roadside' since the roadside was not mentioned earlier?
    It's probably OK, though for me, 'by the roadside' is an expression that does not have to imply earlier mention; it's like 'in the street', 'on the pavement'. 'By a roadside' leaves me waiting for 'hotel' or some such word.

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

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #9

    Re: correct usage of the words

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, SoothingDave.

    Now there were no worries about their financial difficulties. Their lives were totally changed.

    Should it be "Their life was totally changed" instead of "Their lives were..."?
    "Their lives" is good. There are two of them.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,333
    #10

    Re: correct usage of the words

    Hi Fivejedjon and SoothingDave

    Your replies are deeply appreciated.

Similar Threads

  1. Correct usage of words
    By Tan Elaine in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 20-Nov-2010, 16:11
  2. correct usage of words
    By Tan Elaine in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 15-Oct-2008, 14:35
  3. usage of words
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-Jul-2008, 23:23
  4. usage of words
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-Feb-2008, 15:18

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
  •