Student or Learner
1. Has that girl ever had her mobile phone or backpack snatched while she was riding on her Harley?
2. Has that girl's earrings or necklace ever been snatched when she was walking in the street?
Could I use these sentences in conversations?
Thanks so much
***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****
(1) I believe that most Americans would prefer to say "walking
on the street." That is, on the sidewalk.
(2) "In the street," I feel, usually refers to actually being
in the street (where the cars are).
(3) In English, there is also the phrase "The man on/in the street."
That is, the ordinary or average person. For example:
What does the man on/in the street think about the new law?
I have found that some Americans do use "in" in this case, but
-- again -- I believe that most Americans prefer "on."
In BrE, walking in the street sounds fine; in fact, on the street sounds to me like the part where the cars are.
Dear all Teachers and members!
- Is this sentence natural to say?
"Has she ever had her mobile phone, earrings and necklace snatched when was she riding on a bicycle?"
P/S: In my country it's very popular that your earrings, backpacks, necklaces or mobile phone can be snatched by thieves while you're riding on your bike or motorbike.
Thank you so much
brand of motorcycles. There's a popular stereotype about bikers who ride Harleys. This is the type that usually doesn't get mugged on the street.
I don't see how a backpack or earrings can be "snatched" off of someone easily.
I believe things are stolen. But if I am wearing a backpack, with the loops around both shoulders, that's pretty secure. "Snatching" to me implies a quick grab and getaway.
If someone is wrestling a backpack off of my shoulders, I would not call it a "snatch."