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    The teenager who had shot his parents

    I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct.

    The teenager who had shot his parents seemed to be an ordinary child, shy and timid. His next-door neighbour told the journalists he could have been his son.

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    Re: The teenager who had shot his parents

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    His next-door neighbour told the journalists he could have been his son.
    Those two words in bold are confusing for me.

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    Re: The teenager who had shot his parents

    There is nothing confusing in my sentence. The neighbour is talking about the teenager.

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    Re: The teenager who had shot his parents

    If you're not talking about specific/previously mentioned journalists, remove the definite article.

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    Re: The teenager who had shot his parents

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    There is nothing confusing in my sentence. The neighbour is talking about the teenager.
    The teenager's next-door neighbour told journalists the teenager could have been the neighbour's son.

    Do you mean that?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The teenager who had shot his parents

    What else could it mean?

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    Re: The teenager who had shot his parents

    I'm sorry to have confused YOU, Bassim, because of my poor reading comprehension.
    May I ask what you mean by the quoted sentence in my post #2, please? The "could have been" part is also confusing for me.

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    Re: The teenager who had shot his parents

    tzfujimino,

    I don't understand what is that confusing you. My sentence is clear. The neighbour is talking to journalists. He is talking about a possibility. The boy was not his son, but he could have been because he was old enough to be.

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    Re: The teenager who had shot his parents

    The teenager's next-door neighbour told journalists he was old enough to be the teenager's father.

    Do you mean that?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The teenager who had shot his parents

    So, if I understand your explanation correctly, the neighbour said something like this to the journalist:
    If I had a son, he would be as old as the teenager.

    Am I correct?

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