Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Jan 2016
    • Posts: 249
    #1

    Mother and father are away/out today.

    "Mother and father are away today." (Treasury of English Grammar 1)
    Is this sentence correct? I feel "away" is a little odd in meaning. How about I change it into "out"? I think "away" itself is not enough in meaning. The complete expression of "away from home" is more natural, while "out" itself is good enough. Thanks!

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 53,114
    #2

    Re: Mother and father are away/out today.

    It depends on how far they've gone, in my opinion. If they've popped into town for the day to do some shopping, I'd say they're out. If they've driven to a lovely village 30 miles away to walk in the surrounding hills, then have some dinner and come back late in the evening, I'd say they'd gone away or were away for the day.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 68,840
    #3

    Re: Mother and father are away/out today.

    And if they are really away, there's no need to expand on the word for me.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •