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    "just like..."

    "Everyone hoped they would turn up some day just like how they left."

    Could you tell me if there is a problem with the underlined part, if so how can I correct it?

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    Re: "just like..."

    Quote Originally Posted by tasdibek View Post
    "Everyone hoped they would turn up some day just like how they left."
    Could you tell me if there is a problem with the underlined part, if so how can I correct it?
    The problem is that if it were grammatical it wouldn't be ambiguous. You need to decide whether it means

    ...they would turn up one day, looking just like they had done when they left

    or

    ...they would turn up unexpectedly one day, just as they had left

    Some grammarians would prefer as instead of like in that first sentence.

    b

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