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    #1

    'walked downtown' or 'walked around downtown'

    Hi teachers,
    Which sentence is right? Is there a better one including 'walked' and 'downtown'.
    a) They walked downtown last Saturday.
    b) They walked around downtown last Saturday.

    Is it correct to say, 'She wrote the names of the new dictionaries on the computer.'
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    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by learning54; 29-May-2012 at 17:20.

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    Re: 'walked downtown' or 'walked around downtown'

    In the first, they walked to the centre of the town.
    In the second, they were in the centre of the town, and walked around.

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    Re: 'walked downtown' or 'walked around downtown'

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    In the first, they walked to the centre of the town.
    In the second, they were in the centre of the town, and walked around.
    Hi,
    Thank you for you reply. That's exactly what I wanted to know. You guess it.

    What about the one about its database? I guess I included it while you were writing the reply.

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    Re: 'walked downtown' or 'walked around downtown'

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    What about the one about its database? I guess I included it while you were writing the reply.
    You did. However, if you had written it before, I probably wouldn't have answered it. I might have reminded you that we ask people to start separate threads for different questions.

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    Re: 'walked downtown' or 'walked around downtown'

    Hi,
    So sorry. I didn't know about it, or I probably have forgotten about it. I thought that since they were very small questions I could put them together.
    Lesson learnt though.

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    #6

    Re: 'walked downtown' or 'walked around downtown'

    We're not trying to be picky when we insist on this. If I came in to answer the database question, and then someone else had another point about the downtown quesiton, and then someone else asked something like "Is that always true?" without saying which point he was asking about, the thread becomes a hot mess. Fast.
    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: 'walked downtown' or 'walked around downtown'

    Supposing that I insisted on using "downtown" with the same meaning as in 5's second sentence (They were in the centre of the town, and walked around.), would this be correct?

    They went downtown and walked around it.
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: 'walked downtown' or 'walked around downtown'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    We're not trying to be picky when we insist on this. If I came in to answer the database question, and then someone else had another point about the downtown quesiton, and then someone else asked something like "Is that always true?" without saying which point he was asking about, the thread becomes a hot mess. Fast.
    Hi,
    It's very clear. I promise it won't happen again.
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    Re: 'walked downtown' or 'walked around downtown'

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    They went downtown and walked around it.
    It doesn't sound right to me, but we'll have to wait for a speaker of AmE to tell us. In BrE, we could go to the town centre and walk (a)round it, but if we went to the centre of town, we'd just walk (a)round, usually without 'it'.

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    #10

    Re: 'walked downtown' or 'walked around downtown'

    Just "walked around."
    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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