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    I know that this may sound kind of old fashion, but would either one of these sentences be correct in saying?

    1. The look on his face suddenly looks like that of a scared little boy.

    2. The look on his face suddenly looks that of a scared little boy.

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    Re: "that oft"

    Quote Originally Posted by sandex10 View Post
    I know that this may sound kind of old fashion, but would either one of these sentences be correct in saying?

    1. The look on his face suddenly looks like that of a scared little boy.

    2. The look on his face suddenly looks that of a scared little boy.
    They are both a bit clumsy and unnatural. Try:
    "The look on his face is suddenly that of a scared little boy".
    Or, "Suddenly, the look on his face is that of a scared little boy"

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    Re: "that oft"

    Quote Originally Posted by sandex10 View Post
    I know that this may sound kind of old-fashioned, but would either one of these sentences be correct? in saying?

    1. The look on his face suddenly looks like that of a scared little boy.

    2. The look on his face suddenly looks that of a scared little boy.
    Note amendments above.

    I agree with bhaisahab as far as the actual answer goes.

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    Re: "that oft"

    Do these senteneces really sound old-fashioned?

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    Re: "that oft"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    They are both a bit clumsy and unnatural. Try:
    "The look on his face is suddenly that of a scared little boy".
    Or, "Suddenly, the look on his face is that of a scared little boy"
    I find the first one all right.

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    Re: "that oft"

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Do these senteneces really sound old-fashioned?
    Which ones, the originals or mine?

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    Re: "that oft"

    Ah, they were yours, not the original...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Which ones, the originals or mine?
    Yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Yours.
    I wouldn't call them "old fashioned", a bit "literary" perhaps.

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    Re: "that oft"

    The main problem, to me, is the use of "The look ... looks ...", which I assume is partly what made bhai call them clumsy.
    Similarly clumsy are: "The smell of the cooking dinner smelt/smelled inviting."; "The sound of the jazz music sounded relaxing."

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