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    Fiercest hailstorm


    Hello,

    Is the word fiercest acceptable in the text below?

    "Except for our cannon, all the guns of our battery had been silenced by enemy. When the hailstorm of Prussian needle-guns was fiercest, the sergeant came running to us, saying, "Thereīs nothing more we can do. Letīs save your cannon at least."



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    Re: Fiercest hailstorm

    Yes. The author introduced a metaphor with "hailstorm" and "fiercest" works with that.

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    Re: Fiercest hailstorm

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yes. The author introduced a metaphor with "hailstorm" and "fiercest" works with that.
    The author is me. I asked because I was uncertain if the metaphor would work.

    Thanks a lot for help.
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    Re: Fiercest hailstorm

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    Thanks a lot for your help (,Mike).

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    Re: Fiercest hailstorm

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    The author is me. I asked because I was uncertain if the metaphor would work.
    It works fine. Should cannon in the first sentence be singular or plural?

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    #6

    Re: Fiercest hailstorm

    Yes, that's unclear.

    Johny's probably familiar with Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigade', where there's clearly more than one.

    Cannon to right of them,
    Cannon to left of them,
    Cannon in front of them
    Volley'd and thunder'd;

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    Re: Fiercest hailstorm

    Tennyson's use of cannon for the plural was common and acceptable at the time. It is still given in some dictionaries today, for example, http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us...english/cannon. It has probably become less common today because we don't speak about these devices any more. When we do, most of us form the plural with -s.

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    Re: Fiercest hailstorm

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It works fine. Should cannon in the first sentence be singular or plural?

    I used the word "cannon" to avoid the usage of "gun" twice in a sentence; to avoid "except for our gun, all the guns of our battery ...

    So it is singular.
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    Re: Fiercest hailstorm

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes, that's unclear.

    Johny's probably familiar with Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigade', where there's clearly more than one.

    The title The Charge of the Light Brigade rings a bell with me but I know nothing about Tennyson ...
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    Re: Fiercest hailstorm

    Unless wider context makes it clear that you are talking about a single cannon, then it might be better to write ​our crew's cannon.

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