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    #1

    Smile "They look painful"

    Here is a sentence. Could anyone check if it's correct?

    > They look painful because they have just got beaten up by their mom.

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    #2

    Re: "They look painful"

    No.
    Something that causes pain is painful. Those pointy, high-heeled shoes look painful.

    If someone is beaten up, they are in a fight, usually with punching, hitting, etc. It's hard to imagine a mom beating up her kids in a street fight.

    They look like they are in pain because their mother beat them.

    (This implies a very, very severe punishment, which would be illegal where I live.)
    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: "They look painful"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No.
    Something that causes pain is painful. Those pointy, high-heeled shoes look painful.

    If someone is beaten up, they are in a fight, usually with punching, hitting, etc. It's hard to imagine a mom beating up her kids in a street fight.

    They look like they are in pain because their mother beat them.

    (This implies a very, very severe punishment, which would be illegal where I live.)
    Thank you for answering
    There is one thing I want to make sure about: What made your sentence (I've highlighted it)imply a very severe punishment? The words"they are in pain" or "beat"?
    I hope I'm making my question clear^~^"

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    Re: "They look painful"

    Quote Originally Posted by azhu View Post
    Thank you for answering
    There is one thing I want to make sure about: What made your sentence (I've highlighted it)imply a very severe punishment? The words"they are in pain" or "beat"?
    I hope I'm making my question clear^~^"
    If a mother smacks a child, the physical pain is not great, and it is momentary.

    If a parent beats a child, it is usually with a whip, cane, belt, or some other instrument of pain. The pain is greater and longer lasting. Such beatings are nowadays illegal in many countries, not just where Barb lives.
    Last edited by BobK; 08-Jun-2011 at 13:31. Reason: Tried to 'unlink' 'cane'

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    Re: "They look painful"

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    If a mother smacks a child, the physical pain is not great, and it is momentary.

    If a parent beats a child, it is usually with a whip, cane, belt, or some other instrument of pain. The pain is greater and longer lasting. Such beatings are nowadays illegal in many countries, not just where Barb lives.
    Oh! I get it. I didn't know the word "beat" means so serious actions. Thank you.

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    #6

    Re: "They look painful"

    Dear moderators!

    Can I bring your attention to the word cane being underlined and recognised as Canadian English. I think that only CanE should be recognised like that.

    Could you please get it fixed, if you can.

    Thanks, Alex.
    Last edited by AlexAD; 08-Jun-2011 at 10:23.

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