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    All the books which he collected for his whole life were burned to ashed by a fire.

    All the books which he collected for his whole life were burned to ashes by a fire. (from my teacher's handout)
    Is this sentence correct? First, I think "for his whole life is" wrong, and it should be "IN his whole life". Second, "by a fire" should be "IN a fire". Am I right? Thanks!
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    Re: All the books which he collected for his whole life were burned to ashed by a fir

    1. For his whole life is correct. However, the tense is wrong; the first verb should be in the past perfect.

    2. Either in or by works. But it should be ashes, and the sentence could end there. What, other than a fire, could burn the book collection to ashes?
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    Re: All the books which he collected for his whole life were burned to ashed by a fir

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    1. For his whole life is correct. However, the tense is wrong; the first verb should be in the past perfect.

    2. Either in or by works. But it should be ashes, and the sentence could end there. What, other than a fire, could burn the book collection to ashes?
    So, the correct sentence is: All the books which he had collected for his whole life were burned to ashes in/by a fire. Right?
    But, can I say "in his whole life" instead?

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    Re: All the books which he collected for his whole life were burned to ashed by a fir

    You could. I'd say "over his entire life".

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    Re: All the books which he collected for his whole life were burned to ashed by a fir

    I'd say "All the books he had collected during his life/lifetime ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: All the books which he collected for his whole life were burned to ashed by a fir

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    1. For his whole life is correct.
    2. Either in or by works. But it should be ashes, and the sentence could end there. What, other than a fire, could burn the book collection to ashes?
    1. Do you really say "for his whole life" in English? Can I say "IN his whole life"?
    2. "were burned to ashes in/by a fire" Between "in" and "by", which do you prefer?
    3. "All the books *which/that* he had collected for his whole life were burned to ashes in/by a fire."
    I find that which seems to be incorrect here; the correct word should be that or just to omit it. Am I right?

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    Re: All the books which he collected for his whole life were burned to ashed by a fir

    "All the books he had collected during his life/lifetime were destroyed in a fire."
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    Re: All the books which he collected for his whole life were burned to ashed by a fir

    Quote Originally Posted by z7655431 View Post
    1. Do you really say "for his whole life" in English? Can I say "IN his whole life"?

    I like "in" better, but I'm not going to say "for" is wrong. It's certainly understandable, anyway.


    2. "were burned to ashes in/by a fire" Between "in" and "by", which do you prefer?

    In.


    3. "All the books *which/that* he had collected for his whole life were burned to ashes in/by a fire."
    I find that which seems to be incorrect here; the correct word should be that or just to omit it. Am I right?

    In American English, it would be "that."
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    Re: All the books which he collected for his whole life were burned to ashed by a fir

    Quote Originally Posted by z7655431 View Post
    3. "All the books *which/that* he had collected for his whole life were burned to ashes in/by a fire."
    I find that which seems to be incorrect here; the correct word should be that or just to omit it. Am I right?
    I agree with that.
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