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    A burglar stood in front of the house

    I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct.

    A burglar stood in front of a house. He looked at both sides of the badly lit street, and when he saw that nobody was in sight, he sneaked into the house through the half-open window. A few minutes later, he jumped out of the same window, carrying a large LCD TV, before running into the darkness.
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    Re: A burglar stood in front of the house

    It's okay, but consider using "poorly" instead of "badly" in the above.

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    Re: A burglar stood in front of the house

    He "snuck" into the house in my variant of BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A burglar stood in front of the house

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I have always thought of 'snuck' as an AmE form.
    Really? That's interesting. I was always led to believe that the irregular past tenses that I was taught at an early age and have used all my life (such as snuck, dove, earnt, learnt) were peculiar to BrE, and that AmE was more likely to simply add -ed to the base infinitive for most simple past forms.
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    Re: A burglar stood in front of the house

    My (definitely not American!) grandfather and father both detested the use of "dived" and would shout at the TV if a commentator used it, and always corrected anyone who said it instead of "dove".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Oct-2017 at 10:11. Reason: Fixed typo - thanks Pisccean
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    Re: A burglar stood in front of the house

    I disagree with you both about earnt, which I consider to be non-standard.

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    Re: A burglar stood in front of the house

    Americans are increasingly using pled in favor of pleaded as the simple past of "to plead". Have you been hearing that in BrE?

    The general tendency is for frequently-used single-syllable verbs to develop irregular past tenses and for irregular form to fade away as verbs fall out of use.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: A burglar stood in front of the house

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I have spelt it earnt all my life. That's what I learnt at school. I never dreamt that anyone would consider it non-standard.
    https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...Cearnt%3B%2Cc0
    https://www.onelook.com/?w=earnt&ls=a

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