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    need to rephrase this sentence

    He shakily exited the building while urging his companions to do the same, so as to pay no attention to the lecturer.


    is the above sentence correct grammatically? if so, is there a better way to put it? and if not, what is wrong?

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    #2

    Re: need to rephrase this sentence

    Anyone?

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    #3

    Re: need to rephrase this sentence

    Possibly:

    He shakily exited the building, and he urged his companions to leave also.

    Was it a means of protest? Was he nervous?

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    #4

    Re: need to rephrase this sentence

    Is this your own sentence, maradi? If not, whose is it, and in what context did you encounter it?

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    #5

    Re: need to rephrase this sentence

    it's a sentence I translated from my native swahilli to English. I assume its a means of potest.
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    Re: need to rephrase this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by mardadi View Post
    It's a sentence I translated from my native Swahili to English. I assume it's a means of protest.
    Note my corrections in red above. Remember to start every sentence with a capital letter and to capitalise proper nouns (that includes the names of languages).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: need to rephrase this sentence

    "Shakily exited the building" doesn't sound natural to me.

    What about: nervously left the building?

    not a teacher

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    Re: need to rephrase this sentence

    "Shakily" and "nervously" don't necessarily mean the same here so I don't think your sentence would work as an exact replacement. The original is not the kind of thing people would say in casual speech but it wouldn't be out of place in literature. We still don't know, however, who originally wrote this sentence. We know that the OP translated it from Swahili to English but we need to know where the original Swahili sentence came from.
    Mardadi, was your sentence taken from a book, a newspaper, a letter or did you hear someone say it during a conversation (or from somewhere else)?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: need to rephrase this sentence

    I have always found it odd that people would go to a lecture just to walk out.

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