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    realised

    Did I express myself right in English?
    He realised the change/alteration in a flash.
    He realised that the situation changed/altered in a flash.

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    Re: realised

    It's an ambiguous word. 1. Understood. 2. Effected. The second example is more frequent and more natural. The first only works with meaning 2.

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    #3

    Re: realised

    Quote Originally Posted by britfan View Post
    Did I express myself right in English?
    No. See post #2 above. The verb "realise" can have two completely different meanings! Which one did you intend?


    Quote Originally Posted by britfan View Post
    He realised that the situation changed/altered in a flash.
    That has the added ambiguity of the reader not knowing which action happened "in a flash"- "realised" or "changed/altered."

    Which one is it?
    He realised [that the situation changed/altered] in a flash.
    or
    He realised that [the situation changed/altered in a flash].

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