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    Before giving his speech

    I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct.

    Before giving his speech, the president worked the crowd with some jokes. That made people ecstatic. They applauded, laughed and cheered as if they were on a rock concert.

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    Re: Before giving his speech

    "to work a crowd" is OK in BrE. It means, to a certain extent, to manipulate them. Someone who can work a crowd is able to take a situation involving a crowd and either turn it to their advantage or, at the very least, entertain/please the crowd in some way.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Before giving his speech

    I am wondering if "up" is compulsory in my sentence. Longman Dictionary has this example, without "up": "She really knew how to work a crowd. "

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    Re: Before giving his speech

    emsr2d2,

    I was writing my question while you were posting your answer. This was like telepathy.

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    Re: Before giving his speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    emsr2d2,

    I was writing my question while you were posting your answer. This was like telepathy.
    I knew you were going to say that!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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