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    An incandescent light appears in the hallway

    Hello

    Are the following sentences grammatically correct?

    "An incandescent light appears in the hallway. Tim begins to get nervous."

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: An incandescent light appears in the hallway

    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: An incandescent light appears in the hallway

    They are grammatically correct, but they make no sense. Incandescent lights don't "appear" in a hallway. They are placed there Also, you either get nervous or you don't. There is no "begin to".

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    Re: An incandescent light appears in the hallway

    I don't agree with your last point. If you're nervous at three o'clock and were calm at noon, you must have begun to get nervous somewhere in between.
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    Re: An incandescent light appears in the hallway

    Yes, we can begin to get nervous. I begin to get nervous any time someone says, "No offense, but. . . ."

    No, an incandescent light cannot appear. It can get turned on.
    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: An incandescent light appears in the hallway

    Thanks to all for your answers!

    Is the following sentence grammatically correct?

    "An incandescent light is turned up in the hallway. Tim begins to get nervous."

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    Re: An incandescent light appears in the hallway

    It's grammatically correct but unnatural. Lights are not normally turned up; they may be turned on or ​off.
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    #8

    Re: An incandescent light appears in the hallway

    "Incandescent" distracts from the message. I would probably say something more like:

    - A light goes on in the hallway.
    - A hall light goes on.
    - Someone turns on a hall light.
    - A hallway light gets turned on.
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