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    I have a question.

    These two sentences have gramatical errors.

    I can't find the errors.

    Please help me.


    * He stood on the doorway, the coat over the arm.

    * Can I pay by month?

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    Re: I have a question.

    He stood in the doorway, his coat over his arm.

    Can I pay by the month? (This could also be corrected to say "May I pay by the month?")


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    Re: I have a question.

    You could also say "He stood in the doorway, the coat over his arm." The coat might not belong to him - it depends on the context.

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    Re: I have a question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coffa
    "He stood in the doorway, the coat over his arm."
    Hi All:
    Is this a grammatically correct sentence? Shouldn't it be just "with the coat over his arm"? I think the sentence gave by Coffa is a kind of sentence that would be used in belles-lettres, but normally one would probably use the "with" construction. Am I right?

    Thanks,
    Nyggus


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    Re: I have a question.

    Hi Nyggus,

    Obviously, others may have their own views, but I do not regard my sentence as poetic usage - it is perfectly standard. In fact, the construction could be extended as far as "He stood in the doorway, coat over arm." It would still be standard grammatical usage.

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    Re: I have a question.

    Thanks, Coffa. I looked for this usage in some books and found that it is indeed used. It's a special construction and I hadn't heard (more precisely, noticed) it before this discussion; this is why I was surprised.
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    Nyggus

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