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    My grammar exercises 5

    Would you please correct my grammar and punctuation in the following sentences?

    1. Peter had an impression he had been running away from himself all his life.
    2. A robber run down the street, believing he had escaped the police, but a passer-by stuck out his feet and tripped him up.
    3. Lately, nothing went right for Ivana, and she felt like accursed.
    4. The tide was out, and beach lay covered in debris and rubbish, which nobody bothered to clean away.
    5. The President's candidate was prancing towards the studio, with a group of journalists and supporters trailing on his heels like domesticated animals.
    6. The cyclists almost crashed into the car. The angry driver jumped outside and shouted, "Ever heard of priority to the right?" "I always vote for the left," the cyclist answered.
    7. The motorcade cruised the empty streets; the black cars with tinted windows had something sinister about them.
    8. The old woman stared at John for a long time, and he stared her down until she turned her head away.
    9. In a shabby restaurant we had been served some unpalatable food, but our hunger was stronger than repulsion, and we ate up everything on our plates.
    10. The old man started to tell me about his life, but his voice trailed off, and soon he was snoring.

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    Re: My grammar exercises 5

    Sentence one.Try:

    Peter had an impression that he had been running away from himself his entire life.

    Sentence two. Say:

    A robber ran down the street, and he believed that he had escaped from the police, but a passer-by stuck out his foot and tripped him up.

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    Re: My grammar exercises 5

    Do I need "that" in both sentences?
    What about 1. "Peter had an impression he had been running away...."
    2. " A robber ran down the street, and he believed he had escaped....

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    Re: My grammar exercises 5

    Sentence three. Say:

    Lately, nothing has been going right for Ivana, and she felt like she was accursed.

    For sentence four put "the" before "beach".

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    Re: My grammar exercises 5

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Do I need "that" in both sentences?
    What about 1. "Peter had an impression he had been running away...."
    2. " A robber ran down the street, and he believed he had escaped....
    You can leave "that" out of the second one.

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    Re: My grammar exercises 5

    No. I don't know why.

    The game is about to start. (The Tar Heels, of course.) Plus I'm hungry. Back later.

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    Re: My grammar exercises 5

    Sentence five is perfectly fine grammatically, but "prancing"is a bit of an odd word to use there. Perhaps "striding"would work better.

    For number six change "The cyclists" to singular.

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    Re: My grammar exercises 5

    Seven and eight are OK. For nine put "our" in front of "repulsion". Ten is OK.

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    Re: My grammar exercises 5

    In 1) I would use either "Peter had the​ impression ..." or "Peter felt like/Peter felt as if ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My grammar exercises 5

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In 1) I would use either "Peter had the​ impression ..." or "Peter felt like/Peter felt as if ..."
    That occurred to me too.

    (The Tar Heels won, 68-65.)

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