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  1. Marina Gaidar's Avatar
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    To shatter harmony

    Hi! I have sucn an abstract: "We observe peaceful rural landscapes. Spring fields and pagans working there, women laundering at the river, chickens pecking, a spring murmuring. SUDDENLY! A sound of a CHILD CRYING shatters this harmony". Is this ok to say "shutter harmony"? May be it is better to use some other verb? I am also wondering about "a sound of a child crying"... does it sound like English?

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    Re: To shatter harmony

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    Hi! I have sucn an abstract: "We observe peaceful rural landscapes. Spring fields and pagans working there, women laundering at the river, chickens pecking, a spring murmuring. SUDDENLY! A [I would say "The"] sound of a CHILD CRYING shatters this harmony". Is this ok to say "shutter harmony"? May be it is better to use some other verb? I am also wondering about "a sound of a child crying"... does it sound like English?
    IMO, it is OK to use "shatter" here. It contrasts the peaceful atmosphere with the baby's cry. As for "shutter", it is (IMO again) completely out of place.

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

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    Re: To shatter harmony

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    Hi! I have sucn an abstract: "We observe peaceful rural landscapes. Spring fields and pagans working there, women laundering at the river, chickens pecking, a spring murmuring. SUDDENLY! A sound of a CHILD CRYING shatters this harmony". Is this OK to say "shatter harmony"? May be it is better to use some other verb? I am also wondering about "a sound of a child crying"... does it sound like English?
    Yes, "a/the sound of a child crying" and "shatters this harmony" are OK.

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    Re: To shatter harmony

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, "a/the sound of a child crying" and "shatters this harmony" are OK.
    Yes, I meant "shatter":)

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