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    Maria rolled up her sleeves

    I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

    Maria rolled up her sleeves, put on latex gloves, picked up a bottle of Ajax cleaner and some old rags, and threw herself into cleaning her flat.

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    Re: Maria rolled up her sleeves

    Consider, e.g., "and got busy cleaning her flat" at the end.

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    Re: Maria rolled up her sleeves

    There's nothing wrong at all with teechar's suggestion but I really like the use of "threw herself into" in your original. It is, in fact, more natural in BrE than "got busy with".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Maria rolled up her sleeves

    teechar,
    With all respect I think "got busy cleaning her flat" or "threw herself into cleaning her flat" do not mean the same. I think that the latter meant she worked vigorously. I also think that "got busy cleaning" did not describe that she worked with vigour. Or maybe I am wrong?

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    Re: Maria rolled up her sleeves

    "Threw herself into" not only suggests that she did it vigorously, it also has a slight connotation of enjoyment. Having said that, how anyone could enjoy cleaning their flat is a mystery to me!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Maria rolled up her sleeves

    emsr2d2,
    I was writing my reply to teechar, and when I posted it, I saw you have already replied what I meant to tell him. It was telepathy again.

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    Re: Maria rolled up her sleeves

    Could "threw herself into" be used in the following sentence?

    Anna threw herself into cooking her favourite soup.

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    Re: Maria rolled up her sleeves

    You could. Or you could shorten it to Anna threw herself into her favorite soup. The meaning would change a little though.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Maria rolled up her sleeves

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I also think that "got busy cleaning" did not describe that she worked with vigour.
    It does to me.

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    Re: Maria rolled up her sleeves

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It is, in fact, more natural in BrE than "got busy with".
    https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...eaning%3B%2Cc0

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