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    rephrasing a sentence: what matches Christmas

    How could you rephrase the following sentence?

    What matches Christmas better than a chocolate cake?
    My suggestion: What is more suitable for Christmas than a chocolate cake.

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    Re: rephrasing a sentence: what matches Christmas

    What fits Christmas better than ...?
    What could be better at Christmas than ...?

    I assume this is an actual question where you are trying to get your students to come up with something more appropriate than chocolate cake. Or is chocolate cake the traditional cake at Christmas in Austria? In the UK, it's a huge fruit cake.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: rephrasing a sentence: what matches Christmas

    That's interesting, ems; I thought it meant a rhetorical question as there's nothing better!
    My suggestion is "What makes Christmas...?"
    (I know that in Norway for example it would be a very creamy light sponge cake. They dislike our UK ultra-fruit cake.)

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    Re: rephrasing a sentence: what matches Christmas

    In the US , if one gets a fruit cake as a Christmas gift, it goes into the freezer and is regifted the next year. I imagine that there are many aged fruit cakes in circulation.

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    Re: rephrasing a sentence: what matches Christmas

    No-one gives a fruit cake as a Christmas present! It's the traditional dessert after Christmas lunch. It's one of three, actually. The standard desserts are Christmas cake (the big square fruit cake), Christmas pudding (round, alcohol-soaked fruit cake) or mince pies (sweet mincemeat, obviously), usually all smothered in single cream and all entirely unrequired after we've all eaten our own body weight in turkey/nut roast, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, baked onions, carrots, peas, Brussels sprouts, onion sauce and gravy.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: rephrasing a sentence: what matches Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    onion sauce.
    Bread sauce in civilised households!

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    Re: rephrasing a sentence: what matches Christmas

    Thanks for your answers. It's not a question I asked the students, but a question a student came up with in her essay. She wrote about how to make a perfect chocolate cake and began the essay by claiming that there's nothing more suitable for Christmas than eating a chocolate cake. Should I correct her sentence and give her the following suggestion: What is more suitable for Christmas than a chocolate cake?

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    Re: rephrasing a sentence: what matches Christmas

    I don't think her original sentence needs correction. It's fine as it is.

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    Re: rephrasing a sentence: what matches Christmas

    Piscean's right. We're here to comment on her English usage, not her ideal Christmas treat.

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    Re: rephrasing a sentence: what matches Christmas

    But you've set us off now, Cloverleaf! We just can't resist gossiping about food traditions. It must be a British thing? In Yorkshire they (I'm not a native) like to eat cheese with their Christmas fruit cake. And in Yorkshire it's so cold that you need to eat your own body weight quite frequently.
    I love the idea of frozen fruit cakes circulating amongst friends in the States!

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