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    #1

    through or across

    I am proud to have sailed with Captain Bligh on his journey of over 40 days _____ about 4,000 miles in an open boat in 1789.

    A. across B. through
    In this case, which one is more suitable according to a native teacher?

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    #2

    Re: through or across

    What do you think, and why?

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    #3

    Re: through or across

    (not a teacher)

    I'd say "across", but I feel "4000 miles" should be followed by "of open sea" to sound right.
    On a side note, this sentence contains a rather unwieldy number of prepositional phrases.

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    #4

    Re: through or across

    It's a very unnatural sentence with either option.

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    #5

    Re: through or across

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's a very unnatural sentence with either option.
    Thanks for your comment. Can you help me write a more natural sentence with the same meaning?

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    #6

    Re: through or across

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Thanks for your comment. Can you help me write a more natural sentence with the same meaning?
    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    I am proud to have sailed with Captain Bligh on his journey of over 40 days and about 4,000 miles in an open boat in 1789.
    IMO, that sounds somewhat better.

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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