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    #11

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    In AmE we would say the President opened himself up to criticism.

    Please note that every sentence has a point.

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    #12

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    For the third ssentence I would only change one thing. As it is there is no reason to use past perfect. Just say the police laid a trap to catch drug dealers.

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    #13

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    Number four is perfect.

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    #14

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    For number five say:

    The manager of Arsenal blamed the latest defeat on a lack of effort by the defenders.

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    #15

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    Tarheel,

    Actually, I wanted to say that the manager blamed the defeat on the lack of the players who are defenders, not on their effort.

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    #16

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    Number six. The boss berated his workers, saying they should work harder or quit.

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    #17

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    For number six, what about : The boss bawled out at his workers, saying they should work harder or quit.

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    #18

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    Tarheel,

    Actually, I wanted to say that the manager blamed the defeat on the lack of the players who are defenders, not on their effort.
    You seem to be saying there aren't enough defenders. (When we say there is a lack of something that means there's not enough.)

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    #19

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    You are right, Tarheel.
    What about this version:
    The manager of Arsenal blamed the latest defeat on not having enough defenders.

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    #20

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    For number six, what about : The boss bawled out at his workers, saying they should work harder or quit.
    Yes, but delete "at" from that sentence. (The phrasal verb "bawled out" works very well for AmE.)

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