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    Word "tantrum"

    I have tried to use "tantrum". I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct.

    1. Whenever Maria gave her children a bath, they had a tantrum.
    2. As Bob and his parents sat in a waiting room in a doctor's practice, he suddenly had a tantrum and started screaming and throwing toys.
    3. Jack was tired of his wife's tantrums and told her she should grow up.

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    Re: Word "tantrum"

    I'd use "in the waiting room of a doctor's practice (doctor's surgery in BrE)". Note that we commonly say "throw a tantrum" rather than "have a tantrum" but your version is not wrong.

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    Re: Word "tantrum"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I have tried to use "tantrum". I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct.

    1. Whenever Maria gave her children a bath, they had tantrums. If they bathed together, say a bath. If she bathed them separately, say baths.

    2. As Bob and his parents sat in the doctor's waiting room, Bob suddenly had a tantrum and started screaming and throwing toys.
    Avoid ambiguous pronouns. I doubt the doctor had the tantrum. I'm betting it was Bob.

    3. Jack was tired of his wife's tantrums and told her she should grow up.
    In the US, we usually say "had a tantrum," had a fit," or "threw a fit." Some people say "pitched a fit."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Word "tantrum"

    I agree with Ems. Perhaps:

    As Bob and his parents sat in the doctor's waiting room, Bob suddenly threw a tantrum and screamed and threw toys.

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