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    As Anna was peeling potatoes

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    As Anna was peeling potatoes for lunch, she recalled her late mother, who died in cancer recently, and tears sprang into her eyes.

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    Re: As Anna was peeling potatoes

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    who died in cancer recently
    Make two changes to the above.

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    Re: As Anna was peeling potatoes

    Here is my second try:

    As Anna was peeling potatoes for lunch, she recalled her late mother, who had died of cancer recently, and tears sprang into her eyes.
    Last edited by Bassim; 25-Mar-2017 at 18:53.

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    Re: As Anna was peeling potatoes

    I gather from a quick search that the phrase tears sprang into her eyes is commonly used, but to my ear it sounds awful.

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    Re: As Anna was peeling potatoes

    jutfrank,

    Should I write instead:

    "Tears filled her eyes.

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    Re: As Anna was peeling potatoes

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Should I write instead: "Tears filled her eyes.
    In my opinion, that's much better.

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    Re: As Anna was peeling potatoes

    You can also use something like "... she started to well up".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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