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    bought a book to read on the train / bought a book to read it on the train

    Dear all,

    On my way to the station, I dropped in at a bookstore and bought a Harry Potter book to read it on the train.

    In the sentence above, is "it" necessary? Or is "bought a Harry Potter book to read on the train" right?

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    Last edited by optimistic pessimist; 28-Jul-2015 at 01:56.

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    Re: bought a book to read on the train / bought a book to read it on the train

    No. It should be "I bought a Harry Potter book to read on the train." To use "it", it would have to be split up as "I bought a Harry Potter book. I bought it to read on the train" or "I bought a Harry Potter book. I planned to read it on the train."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: bought a book to read on the train / bought a book to read it on the train

    I agree with ems. I don't find "I dropped in a bookstore" to be natural. Is it BrE?

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    Re: bought a book to read on the train / bought a book to read it on the train

    No, I missed that. In BrE, it would be "I dropped in to a bookstore". I would accept "I dropped by a bookstore" too but it's not as common.
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    Re: bought a book to read on the train / bought a book to read it on the train

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I agree with ems. I don't find "I dropped in a bookstore" to be natural. Is it BrE?


    That's funny. I was going to answer this post and leave "I dropped in a bookstore" alone, because I thought it was possibly AmE!

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    Re: bought a book to read on the train / bought a book to read it on the train

    Not A Teacher

    In BrE "I dropped in to a bookshop" would be more common than "I dropped in to a bookstore".
    Last edited by Mrfatso; 28-Jul-2015 at 07:13. Reason: a change in text

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    Re: bought a book to read on the train / bought a book to read it on the train

    Good point. I've got so used to AmE terminology on this forum and elsewhere that I sometimes miss it. It is, indeed, "bookshop" in BrE. In addition, I note that the original post now says "I dropped in at a bookstore". That post has been edited so I don't know if the "at" has been added or if it was there all along and we missed it. The point remains the same though - "dropped in "to" is still most natural in BrE.
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    Re: bought a book to read on the train / bought a book to read it on the train

    The "at" was not there in the original version. It was "dropped in a bookstore".

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    Re: bought a book to read on the train / bought a book to read it on the train

    Optimistic pessimist, please don't edit a post after it has received responses. It gets very confusing.
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    Re: bought a book to read on the train / bought a book to read it on the train

    I'm really sorry for confusing everyone.

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