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    The dog dashed across the road and was run over by a car.

    The dog dashed across the road and was run over by a car.

    Is the sentence OK?

    Thanks.

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    Re: The dog dashed across the road and was run over by a car.

    Unless the car left the road and struck the dog in someone's yard, the dog ran "into" the road. Unfortunately, the dog did not make it "across" the road.
    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.

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    Re: The dog dashed across the road and was run over by a car.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Unless the car left the road and struck the dog in someone's yard, the dog ran "into" the road. Unfortunately, the dog did not make it "across" the road.
    I agree.

    However, I think that many of us might hear The dog dashed across the road and was run over by a car, understand the intended meaning and, probably, not even notice the slip.
    Last edited by 5jj; 20-Oct-2013 at 23:40. Reason: typo

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    #4

    Re: The dog dashed across the road and was run over by a car.

    Am I right to say that it should be "The dog was dashing across the road when it was run over by a car."? By the way, should I remove the full stop after car?

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    #5

    Re: The dog dashed across the road and was run over by a car.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I agree.

    However, I think that many of us might hear The dog dashed across the road and was run over by a car, understand the intended meaning and, probably, not even notice the slip.
    I was going to make the same comment as Barb did before I read hers. I think it's more accurate to tell the OP that the sentence is flawed.

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    Re: The dog dashed across the road and was run over by a car.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Am I right to say that it should be "The dog was dashing across the road when it was run over by a car."? By the way, should I remove the full stop after car?

    Yes to both questions.

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