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    #1

    Check sentence.

    Hi all

    I would like know your opinion about this sentence:

    Theoretically there are many possibilities but most of them end up behind the bars of prison.

    Is it correct or no ?

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    #2

    Re: Check sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by PawelS View Post
    Hi all

    I would like know your opinion about this sentence:

    Theoretically there are many possibilities but most of them end up behind the bars of prison.

    Is it correct or no ?
    Welcome to Using English.

    Just say "behind bars" (omit "of prison").

    But... who ends up behind bars? The possibilities? That's how the sentence reads. So we have a problem with meaning, even though the grammar is okay. (I'd put a comma after "possibilities.")
    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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    #3

    Re: Check sentence.

    'Is it correct or not​?'

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    #4

    Re: Check sentence.

    Thanks,

    I had the same doubt, I have changed it to:
    Theoretically there are many possibilities, but most of them can takes us behind the bars.

    Right now I am not sure about "can takes" is it correct or I should use "can leads" or something else?

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    #5

    Re: Check sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by PawelS View Post
    Thanks,

    I had the same doubt, I have changed it to:
    Theoretically there are many possibilities, but most of them can takes us behind the bars.

    Right now I am not sure about "can takes". Is it correct or should I use "can leads" or something else? Absolutely not. It is not correct. "Can" is a modal verb. When it is followed by a verb, the verb does not contain -s/-es in Present Simple form. So answering to your question - neither "can takes" nor "can leads" is a correct option.
    Not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: Check sentence.

    That sentence is understandable. There are a lot of things we can do about this situation. Unfortunately, most of them are illegal. Is that about right?
    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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    #7

    Re: Check sentence.

    Yes, You are right,

    "There are a lot of things we can do about this situation. Unfortunately, most of them are illegal."

    Is the correct meaning.

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