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    Instead of visitors, they were thieves.

    Is the sentence above grammatically right?

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    Re: Instead of visitors, they were thieves.

    It's grammatical.

    In what context do you want to use it?

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    Re: Instead of visitors, they were thieves.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It's grammatical.

    In what context do you want to use it?
    "We expected them to be visitors, but they weren't. They were thieves.

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    Re: Instead of visitors, they were thieves.

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    "We expected them to be visitors, but they weren't. They were thieves."
    That example doesn't use the phrase "Instead of visitors, they were thieves".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Instead of visitors, they were thieves.

    ... and it doesn't tell us who they were.

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    Re: Instead of visitors, they were thieves.

    I don't think I understood the point. Was I wrong?

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    Re: Instead of visitors, they were thieves.

    Give us a few sentences so that we understand the context and make sure that one of those sentences is "Instead of visitors, they were thieves".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Instead of visitors, they were thieves.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Give us a few sentences so that we understand the context and make sure that one of those sentences is "Instead of visitors, they were thieves".
    "I was visiting a museum with my girlfriend. I saw three strange guys, but I didn't care. Turns out they were thieves. They robbed us and rushed out of the museum".

    I thought the example I had given made this idea clear.

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    Re: Instead of visitors, they were thieves.

    Now please show me, in post #8, where you used "Instead of visitors, they were thieves"! You gave us a sentence in post #1 and in your title but you have failed to use it since then.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Instead of visitors, they were thieves.

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    I thought the example I had given made this idea clear.
    "Instead of" means "in place of; as a substitute for". "Instead of apples, you sent me oranges."
    Your sentence doesn't work well since it doesn't have this meaning.

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