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  1. B45
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    My middle school name is McArthur's. Can I ask:

    My middle school name is McArthur's. Can I ask:

    Does McArthur have a high school or is it just a middle school?

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    Re: My middle school name is McArthur's. Can I ask:

    No, you have to ask "Does McArthur's have a high school ...?" if that is the name of the school. Otherwise, yes you can.

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    Re: My middle school name is McArthur's. Can I ask:

    Does McArthur's have a high school or is it just a middle school? - Is this better?

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    Re: My middle school name is McArthur's. Can I ask:

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    Does McArthur's have a high school or is it just a middle school? - Is this better?
    Er ... yes. It's what I recommended twice. I'll explain.
    Time 1. The ellipsis (...) is used simply to avoid writing the whole sentence again. If the rest was wrong, I would have pointed that out.
    Time 2. After my corrections, I said "Otherwise (apart from the correction I made), yes you can (say "Does McArthur's have a high school or is it just a middle school?")

    So, to summarise, when you ask a "Can I ...?" question, and a poster suggests a correction, and then says, "Otherwise, yes you can", it means that the sentence with the correction is correct. You needn't post the corrected question again and ask if it's OK.

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    Re: My middle school name is McArthur's. Can I ask:

    Is the name of the school really "McArthur's". That would be unusual. It sounds like "McDonald's". Normally, a school named after someone would be something like "Douglas MacArthur Middle School" and would be shortened to "MacArthur" (no 's).

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