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    S+"froze/beV+frozen/beV+freezing"+"to death"-Hundreds of people froze in the water.

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    By the time the rescue team got to the scene, the ship had sunk to the ground of the ocean and hundreds of people had been frozen in ice-cold water.

    (1)Is this sentence correct?
    (2)In the red part, should I delete the word been?
    (3)In the orange part, should I add an "the" before "ice-cold water"?

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    Besides, the following are some related questions:
    a. Hundreds of people froze in the ice-cold water.
    b. Hundreds of people were frozen in the ice-cold water.
    c. John froze to death.
    d. John was freezing to death.
    e. John was frozen to death.
    Are these sentences all correct? What's difference between these sentences? Which expression is more common?

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    Re: S+"froze/beV+frozen/beV+freezing"+"to death"-Hundreds of people froze in the wate

    Where did you find this? '...to the ground of the ocean' is not a natural English sentence.

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    Re: S+"froze/beV+frozen/beV+freezing"+"to death"-Hundreds of people froze in the wate

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Where did you find this? '...to the ground of the ocean' is not a natural English sentence.
    By the time the rescue team got to the scene, the ship had sunk to the ground of the ocean and hundreds of people had been frozen in ice-cold water.
    -This sentence is from my teacher's handout. I don't know whether my teacher wrote it by herself or not, or just copied it from other sources. I myself think that the "ground" should be the "bottom". Right?

    The other sentences from a to e are written by myself. And I am wondering if they're OK and if there's any difference between them.

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    Re: S+"froze/beV+frozen/beV+freezing"+"to death"-Hundreds of people froze in the wate

    Please define "OK" in your question above. Do you mean "grammatically correct" or "semantically sound"? The last sentence (B.e.), for example, may be interpreted as "Somebody killed John by freezing him." As to the other part of your question- yes, each sentence has a different meaning.
    Last edited by kilroy65; 28-Jan-2016 at 17:14. Reason: Paraphrasing

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    Re: S+"froze/beV+frozen/beV+freezing"+"to death"-Hundreds of people froze in the wate

    Quote Originally Posted by kilroy65 View Post
    Please define "OK" in your question above. Do you mean "grammatically correct" or "semantically sound"? The last sentence (B.e.), for example, may be interpreted as "Somebody killed John by freezing him." As to the other part of your question- yes, each sentence has a different meaning.
    The OK means English native speakers can accept and won't feel weird about the sentences I gave.

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