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    #1

    there was no way to run away

    There was no way to run away.

    I think the sentence above makes sense, but it seems like a bad translation to me.
    Is there any good expression in English which means the same thing? I couldn't find anything in the Net.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #2

    Re: there was no way to run away

    It depends upon the context. If the speaker is trapped in a desperate situation (say, for example, a prison camp) and he dreams of nothing but escaping, he might say "I wanted nothing more than to run away. But there was no way to run away."

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    Re: there was no way to run away

    Is there such an expression as "there was no way back"?
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    #4

    Re: there was no way to run away

    That's a perfectly good expression but it doesn't mean the same as the original. What language was the original in before it was translated? Can you give us the original wording?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: there was no way to run away

    The context is: When the strange flying object landed, the oval door opened and two creatures appeared. Mr. Burton squinted to see who they were. He was absolutely shocked when he realized that they were extraterrestrial. Unfortunately, there was no way to run away, that’s why he kept standing and staring at the aliens.

    Is it enough?
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    Re: there was no way to run away

    It depends on the reason for the "no way to run away". Was it because there was no route he could take to escape? Was it because he physically couldn't run away?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: there was no way to run away

    It seems to me that the individual had thoughts of running away (thinking the strange creatures might be dangerous), but he was so fascinated with what he was seeing that he couldn't make himself do that. I can totally understand how he might feel. After all, I have never seen any extraterrestrials (that I know of). Of course, I could be wrong in my interpretation.


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    Re: there was no way to run away

    In my interpretation he couldn't run away because it was in vain. They would catch him anyway.
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 01-Nov-2014 at 21:32. Reason: typo
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    #9

    Re: there was no way to run away

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    In mu interpretation he couldn't run away because it was in vain. They would catch him anyway.
    In that case, I would use "it was impossible (for him) to escape".

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    #10

    Re: there was no way to run away

    How do we know they even knew he was there?

    (Is this a story that is in progress, or has it already been written?)


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