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    My grammar exercises

    In the following sentences I have tried to use the verb "toss". Would you please correct my mistakes?

    1. The family was tossed out of the restaurant because the children repeatedly threw pieces of bread at other guests.
    2. Anna had a job interview in the morning and was unable to sleep. She tossed and turned for hours before she fell asleep.
    3. While John was watching TV, his wife was tossing pancakes in the kitchen.
    4. I sat on a jetty, watching yachts tossing gently under the blue sky.
    5. Gina read the letter from his lover, apologising for forgetting to sent her a birthday card. She crushed it in her hand and tossed it into the fire.
    6. When the contract was signed, the two CEOs clinked tumblers and tossed off their whisky.
    7. A well-known travel writer roaming in the Balkans describes villages where people toss down shots of strong slivovitz as if it were a water.

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    Re: My grammar exercises

    I like all of your uses of "toss". Apparently, however, you want me to look at other things too.

    In the first sentence I would use "patrons" instead of guests.

    For number five (5) say:

    Gina read the letter from HER lover. In it he apologized for forgetting to send her a birthday card. She crushed it ....

    For number seven (7), delete "a" before "water".

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    Re: My grammar exercises

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    In the following sentences I have tried to use the verb "toss". Would you please correct my mistakes?

    1. The family was tossed thrown out of the restaurant because the children repeatedly threw pieces of bread at other guests diners.
    2. Anna had a job interview in the morning and was unable to sleep. She tossed and turned for hours before she fell asleep.
    3. While John was watching TV, his wife was tossing pancakes in the kitchen.
    4. I sat on a jetty, watching yachts tossing gently under the blue sky. "Tossing gently" really doesn't work. I'd use "rocking/bobbing gently".
    5. Gina read the letter from his lover, apologising for forgetting to sent send her a birthday card. She crushed it screwed it up/balled it up in her hand and tossed it into the fire.
    6. When the contract was signed, the two CEOs clinked tumblers and tossed off their whisky. Please don't use "toss off". In BrE, it means "masturbate a man". You can use "tossed back" there.
    7. A well-known travel writer roaming in the Balkans describes villages where people toss down shots of strong slivovitz as if it were a water. In case it's not clear, delete "a" before "water".
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My grammar exercises

    In American English "toss off" does not refer to male masturbation. ("Jerk off" maybe.)

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