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    Cool He remarked how hard.....was

    Do you find the following sentence is acceptable English?

    He remarked how hard telling anything without revealing a part of the plot was.

    If not, any suggestion, please?

    Thanks

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    Re: He remarked how hard.....was

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Do you find the following sentence is acceptable English?

    He remarked how hard telling anything without revealing a part of the plot was.

    If not, any suggestion, please?

    Thanks
    I would say "He remarked how hard it was telling anything, without revealing the plot."

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    Cool Re: He remarked how hard.....was

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would say "He remarked how hard it was telling anything, without revealing the plot."

    Thank You. So this "was" at the end is not acceptable?

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    Re: He remarked how hard.....was

    So this "was" at the end is not acceptable?
    It depends what you mean by acceptable. I understood the meaning straight away, so in that sense it's acceptable.

    Bhai's version is miles better, though, and is the one you should use.

    Rover

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    Re: He remarked how hard.....was

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would say "He remarked how hard it was telling anything, without revealing the plot."
    I see you've kept the 'remarked' Bhai (being in France, you may be disposed to assume that BW means what you understand by it... )

    BW, did he actually say anything ('He remarked on how hard it was...'), or did he just notice [or even find] it?

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    Re: He remarked how hard.....was

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    I see you've kept the 'remarked' Bhai (being in France, you may be disposed to assume that BW means what you understand by it... )

    BW, did he actually say anything ('He remarked on how hard it was...'), or did he just notice [or even find] it?

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    He wanted to emphasize how hard it was talking about the movie without revealing anything essencial...

    Is this "on" required"?

    Thanks

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    Re: He remarked how hard.....was

    But the question was "Did he actually remark ...?"

    Did he speak? Did he actually put it in writing? If so, then I agree that we say "He remarked on [the subject]".

    Usually, we only use "remarked" without "on" if it is followed by something in direct speech:

    He remarked "It's very hot today."
    He remarked on the heat.

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    Cool Re: He remarked how hard.....was

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    But the question was "Did he actually remark ...?"

    Did he speak? Did he actually put it in writing? If so, then I agree that we say "He remarked on [the subject]".

    Usually, we only use "remarked" without "on" if it is followed by something in direct speech:

    He remarked "It's very hot today."
    He remarked on the heat.
    It is a "direct speech"!!

    Cheers

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    Re: He remarked how hard.....was

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    It is a "direct speech"!!

    Cheers
    In that case the quotation marks are missing. That's what 'direct' means:

    He remarked 'How difficult it is...' - direct
    He remarked on how difficult it was... - indirect

    b

    PS Of course, you can't hear quotation marks, so you might hear /hi:rɪ`ma:kt hɑʊ`dɪfɪkəlt ɪt ɪz/..., because intonation makes it clear that these are the actual words

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    Re: He remarked how hard.....was

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I see you've kept the 'remarked' Bhai (being in France, you may be disposed to assume that BW means what you understand by it... )

    BW, did he actually say anything ('He remarked on how hard it was...'), or did he just notice [or even find] it?

    b
    Yes, perhaps a little confusion between French and English usage of "remarked".

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