Results 1 to 2 of 2
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Armenian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 2,554
    #1

    like

    Can one say:
    1-They destroyed his mansion, like a palace in the middle of the forest.
    instead of:
    2-They destroyed his mansion, which was like a palace in the middle of the forest.

    Can one say:
    3-I made her a wonderful dress, like a wedding gown coverd with jewels.
    instead of:
    4-I made her a wonderful dress, which was like a wedding gown coverd with jewels.

    I think "1" does not work but "3" does. In "3" "like a wedding gown coverd with jewels" seems to have been added on as an afterthought. Thus if the idea had been expressed completely from the start we would have had "a wonderful dress like a wedding gown coverd with jewels". But "his mansion" is already "defined" and cannot be followed by a defining relative clause...

    I think...

  1. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,626
    #2

    Re: like

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Can one say:
    1-They destroyed his mansion, like a palace in the middle of the forest.
    instead of:
    2-They destroyed his mansion, which was like a palace in the middle of the forest.
    No.
    Can one say:
    3-I made her a wonderful dress, like a wedding gown covered with jewels.
    instead of:
    4-I made her a wonderful dress, which was like a wedding gown covered with jewels.
    Yes.
    I think "1" does not work but "3" does. In "3" "like a wedding gown coverd with jewels" seems to have been added on as an afterthought. Thus if the idea had been expressed completely from the start we would have had "a wonderful dress like a wedding gown coverd with jewels". But "his mansion" is already "defined" and cannot be followed by a defining relative clause...

    I think...
    Bhai.

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
  •