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    Bob drank half a bottle

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    Bob drank half a bottle of whisky, but alcohol failed to raise his spirits.

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    Re: Bob drank half a bottle

    I'd probably use "the alcohol" because you're referring specifically to the alcohol held in that half-bottle of whisky. Your version isn't wrong, though. I'd have to say that I doubt half a bottle of whisky would raise anyone's spirits. It's more likely to make them horribly throwing-up drunk.

    Was the use of "spirits" within a sentence about alcohol an intentional (sort of) pun?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Bob drank half a bottle

    Regarding an amount of alcohol to get drunk, it depends often about the weight of a person. For example it is not the same for someone who weighs 60 kg and someone who weighs 120 kg. I have seen overweight men and women who drink two bottles of wine and still they are clear in their heads.

    The pun was unintentional, and I noticed it first when I wrote the sentence and read it a few times afterwards.

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    Re: Bob drank half a bottle

    It sounds perfectly natural to me. I have no preference between "alcohol" and "the alcohol".

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    Re: Bob drank half a bottle

    FUN FACT: Only if it's made in Scotland is it called whisky; if it comes from anywhere else it's whiskey.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 30-Mar-2017 at 09:22.

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    Re: Bob drank half a bottle

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I have no preference between "alcohol" and "the alcohol".
    I'd use the alcohol as it's specific.

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