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    Is the following sentence correct?

    "The way how he acted when his best friend Katniss volunteered as tribute shows that he is a very strong character, who always keeps cool."

    Did I choose the right tenses (it is a sentence of a comment)?

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    Re: Is the following sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Qusetion.11 View Post
    "The way how he acted when his best friend Katniss volunteered as tribute [That doesn't make sense.] shows that he is a very strong person [No comma.] who always keeps cool." [He IS a person who HAS strong character.]

    Did I choose the right tenses? (It is a sentence of a comment.)
    Yes.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Is the following sentence correct?

    "As tribute" is the right word choice. This is from The Hunger Games.
    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: Is the following sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "As tribute" is the right word choice. This is from The Hunger Games.
    Oh. Thanks! Never read it. Wouldn't "volunteered to be tribute" "or "volunteered to serve as tribute" make more sense?
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    #5

    Re: Is the following sentence correct?

    I think there is a little misunderstanding: I used "character" as a synonym for "protagonist".

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    Re: Is the following sentence correct?

    In future, Qusetion, please tell us the context of your question in post #1.

    Please note that a better title would have been The way how he acted.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: Is the following sentence correct?

    In fairness, these books are such a phenomenon that many people who have not even read the books, like me, are familiar with them.

    It's so well known that "I volunteer as tribute" has become an internet meme. If you enter "I volunteer..." into Google, "I volunteer as tribute" is the first suggestion in autocomplete.


    Charlie, you need to take that up with the author.
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