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    The painter sat with his easel

    I have tried to use different prepositions with "the right, left " and others to see if I can write them correctly. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    The painter sat with his easel in the park. To his right he heard a couple kissing and talking;to his left a group of children were playing. In front of him a castle stood in its splendour. Above him in a treetop, sparrows chirped and twittered.

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    Re: The painter sat with his easel

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I have tried to use different prepositions with "the right", "the left ", etc. and others to see if I can write them correctly. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    The painter sat with his easel in the park. To his right, he heard saw a couple kissing and talking; to his left, a group of children were playing. In front of him, a castle stood in (all) its splendour. Above him in the treetops, sparrows chirped and twittered.
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    Re: The painter sat with his easel

    teechar,
    I am wondering about my second sentence. If I kept "heard" as in my original sentence, instead of your "saw," what kind of preposition would be correct.
    Would it be correct to write like this:
    On his right, he heard a couple kissing and talking.
    or is it like this:
    From his right, he heard a couple kissing and talking.

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    Re: The painter sat with his easel

    No, the natural thing to say is "saw a couple" kissing, unless the reference is to a blind person or someone who was otherwise obstructed from being able to see that couple. As for the choice of preposition, stick with "to."
    Last edited by teechar; 11-Feb-2017 at 22:31. Reason: see-->saw

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    Re: The painter sat with his easel

    teechar,
    Excuse me again for asking a question. I probably was not clear what I wanted to say.
    Maybe I should write like this.

    To his right, he listened to a couple kissing and talking.

    I meant to say that he sat and at the same time he was listening to their conversation. But it was unintentionally.

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    Re: The painter sat with his easel

    You can say this:
    To his right, he heard a couple talking.
    I repeat, you do not hear a couple kiss! In order to discern that they were engaged in the act of kissing, you need to be looking at them.

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    Re: The painter sat with his easel

    There are some very noisy kissers in this world but, even so, it is unlikely that anyone would say (under normal circumstances) that they heard or listened to a couple kissing.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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