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    The boy clutched his schoolbag

    I am wondering if my sentence looks natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    The boy clutched his schoolbag, looking forlorn in front of the school.

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    Re: The boy clutched his schoolbag

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    in front of the school.
    Do you mean the actual building or the people in it?

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    Re: The boy clutched his schoolbag

    It's easier to picture him in front of the building. We'll see what Bassim says. If that's right, the sentence is just fine.

    In the US, I think we say "backpack" more often than "school bag," but "school bag" is still natural.
    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: The boy clutched his schoolbag

    I meant to say in front of the school building.

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    Re: The boy clutched his schoolbag

    Then you're good!
    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: The boy clutched his schoolbag

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    In the US, I think we say "backpack" more often than "school bag," but "school bag" is still natural.
    A school bag isn't always a backpack though.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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