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    correct verbs

    In AmE 'trunk' means 'boot'.

    If I tell a non-AmE speaker that I am loading my things in the trunk, that person would think I had gone mad or that I had an elephant at home.

    Could someone please edit the sentence for me? Are all the verbs in the correct tense?

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: correct verbs

    Not really- it's fairly widely known, but there could be a confusion with the meaning of a large box-like suitcase, which could be avoided by saying 'trunk of my car'.

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    Re: correct verbs

    Thanks, Tdol

    If I tell a non-AmE speaker that I am loading my things in the trunk of my car, that person would think I had gone mad or that I had an elephant at home.

    With the addition 'of my car', is the sentence correct? For example, should I change 'tell' to 'told' and 'is' to 'was'?

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    I doubt that anyone would go for the elephant possibilty. As you have 'would', then use the past in the if clause.

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    Re: correct verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I doubt that anyone would go for the elephant possibilty. As you have 'would', then use the past in the if clause.
    Just to confirm, the sentence should correctly be as phrased as follows:

    If I told a non-AmE speaker that I was loading my things in the trunk of my car, that person would think I had gone mad.

    Sorry for asking the same question again.

    Many thanks for your assistance.

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    Re: correct verbs

    That's correctly phrased.

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    #7

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    That's correctly phrased.
    Does "that" refer to kohyoongliat's rephrased sentence? I wouldn't use just a "that" here; I would say something like "That rephrased sentence is correct.".

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    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Does "that" refer to kohyoongliat's rephrased sentence? I wouldn't use just a "that" here; I would say something like "That rephrased sentence is correct.".
    Efficiency rules, I guess:

    A. That's correctly rephrased. 3 words
    B. That rephrased sentence is correct. 5 words

    Note,
    That [sentence] is correctly rephrased / That's correctly rephrased.

    All the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    That's correctly phrased.
    Thanks, Tdol.

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    Re: correct verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Does "that" refer to kohyoongliat's rephrased sentence? I wouldn't use just a "that" here; I would say something like "That rephrased sentence is correct.".
    'That' can be used as a pronoun:
    3 referring to a specific thing previously mentioned or known
    AskOxford: that

    Here, a question was clearly asked about the phrasing of a sentence, so using a pronoun is fine.

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