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    #1

    Joyce was doing his shopping for the month at the supermarket.

    Hello.

    Are the following sentences grammatically correct?

    "Joyce was doing her shopping for the month at the supermarket. Suddenly she got the call from Bernard."

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Nikitus; 06-Apr-2017 at 15:33.

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    #2

    Re: Joyce was doing his shopping for the month at the supermarket.

    You have used both male and female pronouns to refer to Joyce.

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    #3

    Re: Joyce was doing his shopping for the month at the supermarket.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikitus View Post
    "Joyce was doing his her shopping for the month at the supermarket. Suddenly she got the a call from Bernard."
    Or:
    While (doing her) shopping at the supermarket, Joyce got a call from Bernard.

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    #4

    Re: Joyce was doing his shopping for the month at the supermarket.

    It doesn't make a lot of sense to say "Suddenly she got the call". What do you mean? That her phone gave her no warning that it was going to ring?

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    #5

    Re: Joyce was doing his shopping for the month at the supermarket.

    You can use "the call" if she was expecting a specific call from Bernard but didn't know when it would come. Something in the preceding text would have to make it clear that she was expecting that call.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Joyce was doing his shopping for the month at the supermarket.

    Dear emsr2d2:

    First of all, thanks for your help.

    Joyce was at the supermarket, and she had a call that she was not expecting from Bernard.

    Could be:

    "Joyce was doing her shopping for the month at the supermarket. She got an unexpected call from Bernard."?

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    #7

    Re: Joyce was doing his shopping for the month at the supermarket.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikitus View Post
    Dear emsr2d2:

    First of all, thanks for your help.

    Joyce was at the supermarket, and she had a call that she was not expecting from Bernard.

    Could it be:

    "Joyce was doing her shopping for the month at the supermarket. She got an unexpected call from Bernard (no full stop here)"?
    See above.

    Yes, you can say "She got an unexpected call from Bernard". I find "doing her shopping for the month at the supermarket" overly wordy. You could use "Joyce was doing her month's food/supermarket shop[ping]".

    I don't know if it works in other variants but in BrE we use "I'm doing a/the food shop".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: Joyce was doing his shopping for the month at the supermarket.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm doing a/the food shop.
    To me, that sounds as if you're intending to raid the place.

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    Re: Joyce was doing his shopping for the month at the supermarket.

    Really?!

    "I'm doing over the food shop" would suggest that to me.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: Joyce was doing his shopping for the month at the supermarket.

    Maybe it's just my warped sense of parsing (and associated humour). I suppose I was trying to say that I'm more likely to use "shopping" in that kind of sentence.

    I'm doing my monthly shopping tomorrow.
    She'll be doing her food shopping.
    He was doing his weekly grocery shopping.

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