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    Don't know how to title this

    Are these sentences correct?

    1. Our group was a weird combination of people, from the most brilliant to borderline idiots. “Idiots” may be an exaggeration, but it really felt like that at times.


    2. He was not only a sports fan, he was a sportsman himself and played soccer for the college team.

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    Re: Don't know how to title this

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    I'd say they're both fine, although personally (and I may be in a minority of one here!) I don't like this use of weird. Using it this way in informal English speech and writing is not only perfectly acceptable, it's heard very frequently – but really weird means 'unearthly', and I think it's more effective to keep it to this use. You could say bizarre or strange instead, which I think would be stronger.

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    Re: Don't know how to title this

    Quote Originally Posted by sane View Post
    Are these sentences correct?

    1. Our group was a weird combination of people, from the most brilliant to borderline idiots. “Idiots” may be an exaggeration, but it really felt like that at times.


    2. He was not only a sports fan, he was a sportsman himself and played soccer for the college team.

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Maybe (maybe!) some native speakers would be expecting an "also" after

    "not only" and would find its absence a little bit strange or incomplete.

    (a) He was not only a sports fan, he was also a sportsman himself and ....

    (2) In fact, on further consideration, maybe (especially in writing), some speakers

    might (might!) be expecting the conjunction, too:

    He was not only a sports fan, but he was also ....

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    Re: Don't know how to title this

    @ sane,

    Ask unrelated questions in separate threads.

    The first could be titled Our group was a weird combination of people and the second He was not only a sports fan.

    Rover

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