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    "What is this trick or treat?" answered Jame.

    "Either you let me sleep with Patrick or I'm filing for divorce," said Nicole in an admonishing tone.

    "What is this trick or treat?" answered Jame.

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    Re: "What is this trick or treat?" answered Jame.

    Why have you stopped telling us what you'd like us to do with your sentences?

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    Re: "What is this trick or treat?" answered Jame.

    The second speaker needs to work on their punctuation.

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    Re: "What is this trick or treat?" answered Jame.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Why have you stopped telling us what you'd like us to do with your sentences?
    Because emsr2d2 said it's unnecessary. I always want to know if my sentences are natural and correct.

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    Re: "What is this trick or treat?" answered Jame.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The second speaker needs to work on their punctuation.
    What do you mean? What should I fix?

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    Re: "What is this trick or treat?" answered Jame.

    The first is good.

    The quotation in the second needs to be written as two separate questions: What is this? Trick or treat?

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    Re: "What is this trick or treat?" answered Jame.

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    "Either you let me sleep with Patrick or I'm filing for divorce," said Nicole in an admonishing tone.

    "What is this? Trick or treat?" answered Jame.

    Jame? Jane? James?
    Hm. This doesn't sound like a trick-or-treat situation. Am I just not getting it?
    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: "What is this trick or treat?" answered Jame.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Hm. This doesn't sound like a trick-or-treat situation. Am I just not getting it?
    He has two bad options. Isn't that kind of similar to trick and treat?

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    Re: "What is this trick or treat?" answered Jame.

    Sure, in a way, although the treat part isn't very bad. It's the trick that's the threat.

    Literally, it means: Give me a treat or I'll play a trick on you.

    Here are some other expressions that offer two bad choices:

    - between a rock and a hard place
    - heads, you win, tails, I lose
    - the devil or the deep blue sea
    - damned if you do, damned if you don't

    Maybe other folks here can think of others. Anyhow, trick or treat isn't bad.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 01-Feb-2021 at 03:21.
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    Re: "What is this trick or treat?" answered Jame.

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Because emsr2d2 said it's unnecessary. I always want to know if my sentences are natural and correct.
    I absolutely did not tell you to stop explaining what you would like us to do. I said that asking us "Are my sentences good?" is an unhelpful question. I suggested that you ask "Are my sentences grammatically correct?" That's the most important question. Once you (and we) are satisfied that they are grammatically correct, you can move on to something like "Is there a better word than XXXX?" or "Are there any stylistic improvements you can suggest?"

    The first post in every thread must include a question or a request. There are thousands of users here. We can't be expected to just remember that you "always want to know ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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