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    water market

    Please let me know if anything is wrong with the compositions below related to the picture.

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    1. The river smells like fish. or The river has a fish smell or The river smells of fish.
    2. Many people seem/look happy because they are riding boats/a boat.
    Last edited by keannu; 22-Feb-2020 at 06:03.

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    Re: water market

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Please let me know if anything is wrong with the compositions sentences below, which are related to the picture.

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    1. The river smells like fish. or
    2. The river has a fish smell. or
    3. The river smells of fish.
    4. Many people seem/ look happy because they are riding in/on boats/ a boat.
    Note my corrections above.

    I have made sentence 4 grammatically correct but it's factually inaccurate. There is only one person in that picture who looks remotely happy!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 22-Feb-2020 at 13:45.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: water market

    I would say;

    1. The river smells fishy/has a fishy smell.

    2. The people look happy on the boats.

    The picture looks like that of a floating market in Thailand.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #4

    Re: water market

    Notwithstanding the grammatical correctness of the sentences about the river, there is nothing in the photo to suggest that the river itself (ie the water) smells of fish. There is probably a smell of fish in the air due to the amount of fish on the boats etc, but that doesn't mean the water smells fishy.
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    Re: water market

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note my corrections above.

    I have made sentence 4 grammatically correct but it's factually inaccurate. There is only one person in that picture who looks remotely happy!
    Why doesn't "seem happy" work?

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    Re: water market

    I tend to use "seem" when I'm actually with someone in person and I'm picking up cues to their mood. In a photo, you can really only look at their faces so you describe how they look.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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