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    depressed in

    Which is correct:
    1-Harry was depressed in his room.
    2-Harry was depressed, in his room.
    3-In his room, Harry was depressed.

    4-Harry was depressed and he was in his room.

    The meaning of all the sentences is supposed to be the same as that of "4". The sentences are not supposed to mean that when he went to his room he got depressed; that the room made him depressed and when he came out he was fine.

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    Re: depressed in

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which is correct:
    1-Harry was depressed in his room.
    2-Harry was depressed, in his room.
    3-In his room, Harry was depressed.

    4-Harry was depressed and he was in his room.

    The meaning of all the sentences is supposed to be the same as that of "4". The sentences are not supposed to mean that when he went to his room he got depressed; that the room made him depressed and when he came out he was fine.

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    Navi.
    The closest is #4 but none of them specifically mean that "the room made him depressed". That is, of course, a very unlikely scenario. Depression is a recognised medical condition. People aren't just depressed in a room and then stop being depressed when they come out of that room. If you must say it:

    In his room, Harry [always] becomes depressed.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: depressed in

    Thank you very much emsr2d2,

    You are right. I did not want them to have that strange meaning. I wanted to mean what "4" says. Do 1-3 work with that meaning?
    I was actually afraid that they might have the strange meaning (the room made him depressed) and not the intended one (he was there and he was depressed.)

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    Navi.

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    Re: depressed in

    Harry was in his room, depressed.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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