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    #1

    The story is strange.

    Hello.

    One of my students wrote in her writing assignment:

    I like "Harry Potter" the best.
    It is very interesting.
    It has many stories.
    The story is strange.

    (She is referring to Harry Potter series.)

    The word she should use is not 'strange'. Her intended meaning is 'it is full of wonders/fantasy'. Would it be OK for me to correct the fourth sentence above to:

    1. It (=The book) is full of wonders.
    2. It (=The book) is full of fantasy.
    3. They (=The stories) are full of wonders.
    4. They (=The stories) are full of fantasy.
    5. It is/They are wonderful.

    Which is the best of the five? If none of them is natural enough, could you give me a better alternative?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: The story is strange.

    Was she told at the beginning of the exercise that she couldn't use the word "strange"? How do you know what her intended meaning is?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: The story is strange.

    Since the 3rd sentence about stories is in the plural, I think the 4th line should follow (though you can argue that all the seven novels form part of a story).
    I prefer No. 3 and 4 or you could combine them: The stories are full of wonder and fantasy.
    There are endless possibilities to describe why she likes the Harry Potter series. Saying that the story/stories is/are strange is odd indeed.

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    Re: The story is strange.

    I'm sure there are plenty of people who think the Harry Potter films are strange!
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    Re: The story is strange.

    I asked her what she meant by 'strange' after she submitted the assignment to me. Now I'm correcting it.

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    #6

    Re: The story is strange.

    You could encourage her to use "wonderful" with its original definition - "full of wonder". You could also take the opportunity to teach her and the rest of your class that the word "awesome" means "inspiring awe", which seems to be how she feels about the books. It's a chance to explain to them that the more recent meaning ("great/really cool") is not the original meaning.
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    #7

    Re: The story is strange.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm sure there are plenty of people who think the Harry Potter films are strange!
    Thank you.
    I feel the 'strange' has negative connotations. Does it not?

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    Re: The story is strange.

    Not necessarily. I read a lot of Christopher Fowler books. They would definitely be classed as strange but they are incredible and very enjoyable.
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    #9

    Re: The story is strange.

    Strange means unusual, unfamiliar, surprising or out-of-the-ordinary.
    Come to think about it, it is not too bad.
    But I guess it is not a word one would use to promote the book.
    'Weird' would have negative connotations.

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