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    belly laugh

    Hi teachers,


    When I tickle the baby's foot, he broke out in a big belly laugh. Correct?


    Many thanks.
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    Re: belly laugh

    Sounds good to me!
    EDIT: my morning-eyes failed to see the error. It should, as later posts point out, be "tickled" (past). I apologize for my misleading response!
    Last edited by Barb_D; 15-Aug-2013 at 14:10.
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    #3

    Re: belly laugh

    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem Afzal View Post

    When I tickle the baby's foot, he broke out in a big belly laugh. Correct?
    Would it be correct if I use they, please?


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    Re: belly laugh

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Would it be correct if I use they, please?

    We normally know the sex of a baby whose foot we are tickling, so 'they' would be unlikely.

    @ Naeem Afz; Your first verb should be 'tickled'.

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    #5

    Re: belly laugh

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Would it be correct if I use they, please?

    I dont think so. He is talking about the baby not babies and I dont think all babies behave like that.

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    Re: belly laugh

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    We normally know the sex of a baby whose foot we are tickling, so 'they' would be unlikely.

    @ Naeem Afz; Your first verb should be 'tickled'.
    If we don't know the sex of a baby whose foot we are tickling, We must use they? I think when he is talking about the baby, he is talking about one specific baby.

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    Re: belly laugh

    Quote Originally Posted by telemehdi View Post
    I dont think so. He is talking about the baby not babies and I dont think all babies behave like that.
    If the sex of the baby were unknown, 'they' would be possible as an alternative to 'he or she'. If the mother were not around, I'd use 'it'.

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    #8

    Re: belly laugh

    Quote Originally Posted by telemehdi View Post
    I don't think so. He is talking about 'the baby' not 'babies' and I don't think all babies behave like that.

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    Re: belly laugh

    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem Afzal View Post
    Hi teachers,


    When I tickled the baby's foot, he broke out in a big belly laugh. Correct?


    Many thanks.
    Bhai.

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    Re: belly laugh

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post

    telemehdi, please read this extract from the forum's
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    Can I state that in my signature so I don't have to write it each time?

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