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    The roll-call went on for hours

    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    The roll-call went on for hours under the scorching sun. Some recruits lost consciousness and dropped to the ground, but the commander cried out that nobody must help them.

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    Re: The roll-call went on for hours

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    The roll-call went on for hours under the scorching sun. Some recruits lost consciousness fainted/passed out and dropped fell to the ground, but the commander cried out yelled an order that nobody must was to help them.
    My suggestions for more natural choices are above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The roll-call went on for hours

    emsr2d2,
    I am wondering if I could substitute "collapse" for "fall" and write my sentence like this:

    Some recruits fainted and collapsed to the ground.

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    #4

    Re: The roll-call went on for hours

    That's okay.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The roll-call went on for hours

    With "collapsed", you don't really need "to the ground".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The roll-call went on for hours

    After 'fainted' you don't need 'collapsed to the ground'.

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    Re: The roll-call went on for hours

    That's true! It's not needed with "passed out" either so I should have deleted everything after "fainted/passed out" in my original version.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The roll-call went on for hours

    emsr2d2,

    Excuse me for asking again.
    I am wondering what kind of the tense is "...that nobody was to help him "?

    I have seen similar sentences many times, but I am not sure what tense that form is.

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    Re: The roll-call went on for hours

    Excuse me for repeating my question.

    I am wondering what kind of tense is "that nobody was to help him."?
    I believe it is subjunctive, but I am not sure.

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    Re: The roll-call went on for hours

    It's the past simple of BE followed by a to- infinitive, indicating an instruction. It's past tense because it is reported speech.

    "Nobody is to help them!"
    He yelled an order that nobody was to help them.

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