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    correct word order

    sir,

    please tell me which senteces are correct and why. what should be the correct order of words in these sentences.


    (1)- English teachers may be sent from time to time to Japan to teach english.

    (2)- English teachers may be sent to Japan from time to time to teach english.

    (3)- English teachers may be sent to Japan to teach english from time to time.


    (4)- He struck the bat so hard on his hand that it broke into two parts.

    (5)- He struck the bat on his hand so hard that it broke into two parts.

    thanks in advance.

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    Re: correct word order

    Welcome, praveen241.

    (1) and (3) are fine; (2) is best:

    (2)- English teachers may be sent to Japan from time to time to teach English.

    Note the preposition here:

    (6)- He struck the bat with his hand so hard that it broke into two parts.

    Does that help?


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    Re: correct word order

    Only...
    The sentence changes its meaning if you change the word order:

    English teachers may be sent to Japan from time to time to teach English.

    They may will be sent to Japan from time to time, but they will be teaching English the whole time.

    English teachers may be sent to Japan to teach English from time to time.

    Meaning, they may will be sent to Japan to stay, and just teach English when necessary, when they want (i.e. from time to time).

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    To me, only (3) is ambiguous. Alternative meaning, teacher will definitely be sent to Japan, and they will teach English but only now and then.


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    But, where did you get ''definitely'' from?
    I think it is more like: If the would be sent, they would be teaching English but only now and then...

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    You're right. Definitely doesn't work will may.

    Correction
    If teacher are sent to Japan, they will teach English, but only now and then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    (6)- He struck the bat with his hand so hard that it broke into two parts.

    Okay, but what broke into two parts-the bat or his hand? How about:
    He struck the bat so hard with his hand that the bat broke into two parts.
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    Re: correct word order

    sir,

    actully,the sentence was:-

    "He struck the bat so hard on his hand that the bat broke into two parts."

    Can I write this in this way -

    "He struck the bat on his hand so hard that the bat broke into two parts."

    now my question is that "SO HARD" should be placed before or after "ON HIS HAND"

    thanks

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    praveen, "on his hand" isn't clear. That is, it's not clear who hit what or what hit who:

    [1] With the bat, he struck/hit his hand so hard that the bat broke in two.
    => Meaning, the bat struck his hand

    [2] With his hand, he struck/hit the bat so hard that the bat broke in two.
    => Meaning, his hand struck the bat <karate>

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    Re: correct word order

    Quote Originally Posted by praveen241 View Post
    sir,

    actully,the sentence was:-

    "He struck the bat so hard on his hand that the bat broke into two parts."

    Can I write this in this way -

    "He struck the bat on his hand so hard that the bat broke into two parts."

    now my question is that "SO HARD" should be placed before or after "ON HIS HAND"
    The second sentence is preferable.

    ~R

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