Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 1,031
    #1

    There's a car coming.

    Look out! There's a car coming.

    Is it unnatural to leave out the "coming" in the above context?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 10-May-2013 at 11:35.

  1. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,091
    #2

    Re: There's a car coming.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Look out! There's a car coming.

    Is it unnatural to leave out the "coming" in the above context?

    Thanks.
    Yes, that would sound strange, but in the context you've given, it would be functional. Saving someone's life is more important than perfect grammar.

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,843
    #3

    Re: There's a car coming.

    "There's a car!" could just mean "I can see a car" or "There is a car somewhere in sight".
    The point of "There's a car coming" is that it explains that the car is moving in the direction of the listener, and suggests that there is some urgency for the listener to get out of the way.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 1,031
    #4

    Re: There's a car coming.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "There's a car!" could just mean "I can see a car" or "There is a car somewhere in sight".
    The point of "There's a car coming" is that it explains that the car is moving in the direction of the listener, and suggests that there is some urgency for the listener to get out of the way.
    Thanks, ems and Raymott.

    In order to save someone's life (a car moving very fast in the direction of a listener), I think "There's a car coming" is too wordy. How do native speakers remind someone that a car is moving very fast in the direction of a listener? In our region, we can just say "Hey" and point to the car. Please note that I just want to know the western culture.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 10-May-2013 at 17:44.

  3. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,843
    #5

    Re: There's a car coming.

    We don't have a standard phrase for alerting someone to the fact that they're about to be run over! Personally, I would probably yell "Car!" or "No!" and grab the person.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  4. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #6

    Re: There's a car coming.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We don't have a standard phrase for alerting someone to the fact that they're about to be run over!
    I'd be more concerned with pushing/pulling someone to safety than with wondering about the appropriateness of any words I might utter. It's quite likely that any word(s) I did actually utter would offend my maiden aunt if she happened to be in the vicinity.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 1,031
    #7

    Re: There's a car coming.

    Thanks, 5jj and ems.

    Sometimes we saw some pedestrians crossing the road from the opposite side, they didn't see that there was a car coming. In that case, we couldn't grap or pull the people to safety. Even if the people standing beside us, in our region we wouldn't grap or pull them in order to avoid misunderstandings especially between different genders.

  5. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,218
    #8

    Re: There's a car coming.

    Look out! (and point)
    Car! (and point)

    Honestly, if I were about to get hit by a car, the last thing I would worry about is whether someone of the opposite gender put his hands on me to save my life.
    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.

  6. Route21's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Thailand

    • Join Date: Nov 2010
    • Posts: 938
    #9

    Re: There's a car coming.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Honestly, if I were about to get hit by a car, the last thing I would worry about is whether someone of the opposite gender put his hands on me to save my life.
    Unfortunately that isn't true in all cultures. A male rescuer, having just saved a woman's life, could find themselves in serious trouble with the law for doing so in certain countries.

    Regards
    R21

  7. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,843
    #10

    Re: There's a car coming.

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    Unfortunately that isn't true in all cultures. A male rescuer, having just saved a woman's life, could find themselves in serious trouble with the law for doing so in certain countries.

    Regards
    R21
    Which just goes to prove that one Mr Dickens was quite right - "The law is an ass".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. 7 seats car / 7 seat car
    By phoenixqn81 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-Jul-2011, 11:50
  2. ...parks (car/van/pick-up) in the car park...
    By Tan Elaine in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 07-Jun-2011, 12:50
  3. [Vocabulary] Car rental or car rent?
    By tomashusner@hotmail.com in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 21-Feb-2010, 09:35
  4. [Grammar] Coming towards me vs coming from opposite side
    By daemon99 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 27-Apr-2009, 14:28
  5. WHat is correct Go by Car or Go in the car
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 27-Oct-2007, 07:49

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •