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    Jeff opens the curtains of the department

    Hello

    Are the following sentences grammatically correct?

    "Jeff opens the curtains of the department, turn of the lights, and walks to the shelf, connecting the lights."

    Thanks.

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    Re: Jeff opens the curtains of the department

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikitus View Post

    "Jeff opens the curtains of the department, turn off the lights, and walks to the shelf, connecting the lights."

    Thanks.
    It's grammatical, but I have no idea how to visualize Jeff walking to the shelf connecting lights. Are these the lights he has just turned off? Why is he connecting lights?

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    Re: Jeff opens the curtains of the department

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikitus View Post
    Hello.

    Are the following sentences grammatically correct?

    "Jeff opens the curtains of the department, turns off (or did you mean "on"?) the lights (no comma required here) and walks to the shelf, connecting the lights."

    Thanks.
    See above. The underlined part does not make sense. What do you think "connecting the lights" means?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Jeff opens the curtains of the department

    This little rascal's got me.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Jeff opens the curtains of the department

    First of all, thanks for all your answers.

    Jeff walks to the shelf, and connects the lights that are in the shelf.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Jeff opens the curtains of the department

    That's interesting. Is it common to leave unconnected lights on shelves in Chile? What's he connecting them to? Is Jeff an
    electrician?

    Also, "on the shelf".

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    Re: Jeff opens the curtains of the department

    Does he plug the lights in? Does he switch them on? "Connects the lights" really doesn't mean anything unless, as Raymott said, he's an electrician!
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    Re: Jeff opens the curtains of the department

    Thanks for your answers.

    They will have a special show at night in the department. They need to place special lights (red, blue, green lights). Therefore, they have to "connect" the lights (without making holes in the wall), then just light them when the show begins.

    I do not know if "connect" is the word for this action.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Jeff opens the curtains of the department

    Does he put the actual lights (the bit with the bulb) on the shelf and then plug the electric cable in?
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    Re: Jeff opens the curtains of the department

    Yes. He puts a lamp (or a light machine) on the shelf, and then he put the actual lights (the bit with the bulb) on the shelf and then plug the electric cable in.

    In that case, can I use "connect" in the sentence?

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