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    The old Michael was the centre of the family

    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural. Is it correct to say "it felt like a ship without rudder"? Or do I need to use "children" and write, "his children felt like a ship without a rudder"?

    The old Michael was the centre of the family. After he died, it felt like a ship without a rudder.
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    Re: The old Michael was the centre of the family

    Your sentence probably won't stand up to logical analysis, but it seems natural enough to me if it is said/written by one of his children.
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    Re: The old Michael was the centre of the family

    You could say they felt, meaning the members of family.

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    Re: The old Michael was the centre of the family

    On second thought, the sentence is logical enough. After he died, it (the family) felt like a ship without a rudder.

    This can be interpreted in two ways:
    (The members of) the family had the feeling of being a ship without a rudder.
    The family felt (to its members) as if it were a ship without a rudder

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    Re: The old Michael was the centre of the family

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    The old Michael
    What do you mean by "the" in the above?

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    Re: The old Michael was the centre of the family

    teechar,
    I wrote my sentence without thinking about the articles. I was more concentrated on the phrase "a ship without a rudder", and I wanted to see if it could function well in my sentence. But now when you pointed out "the", I understand I made a mistake.

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    Re: The old Michael was the centre of the family

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I was focusing more concentrated on the phrase "a ship without a rudder", and I wanted to see if it could function well in my sentence. But now when you pointed out "the", I understand I made a mistake.
    Aha! Note that "the old Michael" would be possible in other contexts; e.g., if you were referring to a person (Michael) whose personality/behaviour had changed.

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