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    #1

    The student walked towards the teacher

    Hello.

    Are the following sentences grammatically correct?

    "The student walked towards the teacher and, after receiving a poem from her, began to speak to the class with his back to the whiteboard"

    I tried to write in past tense.

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    #2

    Re: The student walked towards the teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikitus View Post
    Hello.

    Are Is the following sentence grammatically correct?

    "The student walked towards the teacher and, after receiving a poem from her, began to speak to the class with his back to the whiteboard."

    I tried to write in past tense.
    Do you mean, "he read the poem to the class" instead?

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    Re: The student walked towards the teacher

    Yes.

    "The student walked towards the teacher and, after receiving a poem from her, began reading it to the class with his back to the whiteboard."

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    #4

    Re: The student walked towards the teacher

    I see no need for "with his back to the whiteboard". Generally, when a student reads something to the class, they do it from exactly that position. Readers will assume that is where he stood. You might need to be specific if he did something unusual.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: The student walked towards the teacher

    The act of walking should terminate so that part of the sentence has closure. When you use "walked towards" there is not clear indication that the person has stopped walking.

    I would start with, "The student walked to the teacher....."

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    #6

    Re: The student walked towards the teacher

    The sentence is grammatically correct.

    But it may not mean exactly what you intend it to mean. As written, the student may be speaking to the class about anything, not necessarily about the poem.
    NOT A TEACHER. Translator and editor, and I hold a TESOL certificate. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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