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    Anna looked at the shoe box

    Would you please correct the mistakes in my sentences. I have tried to use "get the better of."

    Anna looked at the shoe box for a while, and then her curiosity was getting the better of her. She removed the lid and jerked back as the snake lifted its head and hissed.

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    Re: Anna looked at the shoe box

    Since it's a culmination of suspense, we normally don't use the continuous with 'get the better of'. I would use the simple past and say 'her curiosity got the better of her'.
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    #3

    Re: Anna looked at the shoe box

    The continuous doesn't work there. I'd write but then her curiosity got the better of her, with no preceding comma.
    Last edited by teechar; 07-Feb-2017 at 14:00. Reason: removed an extra "then"
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    Re: Anna looked at the shoe box

    Skrej and GoesStation,

    Thank you both for your useful advice. I did not know about the continuous and suspense. Here is my sentence after your corrections:

    Anna looked at the shoe box for a while but then her curiosity got the better of her. She removed the lid and jerked back as the snake lifted its head and hissed.

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    Re: Anna looked at the shoe box

    That's right, but you don't need to post a corrected version every time.

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