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    home and away

    Hi Teachers!

    I`ve read the following sentence somewhere on a site :

    Hello! I`m m a big fan of home and away the Australian soap.

    My questions are :

    1.Is the above sentence correct?

    I`d say :"... I`m a big fan of home and away Australian soaps.

    2. Shall I use soap or soaps? Is there any difference?

    3. Is home and away correctly used in this sentence [ I mean, from the point of view of semantics and grammar?]

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: home and away

    Re: Hello! I'm m a big fan of home and away the Australian soap.

    Q1. Is the above sentence correct?
    A1. Grammatically, yes, but it could do with a bit of punctuation:
    Ex: Hello! I'm a big fan of Home and Away, the
    Australian soap.
    Q2. Shall I use soap or soaps? Is there any difference?
    A2. Use a singular noun because Home and Away is a soap, one soap:
    Ex: ... Home and Away, Australian soaps.

    Ex: ... Home and Away, an/the Australian soap.
    Q3. Is home and away correctly used in this sentence [ I mean, from the point of view of semantics and grammar?]
    A3: Yes. What problem(s) do you see?

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    Re: home and away

    Home and Away is an Australian soap.
    soap = a soap opera.
    It seems to me "an Australian soap" is better than "the Austrailan soap."

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    Re: home and away

    Quote Originally Posted by mochimochi View Post
    Home and Away is an Australian soap.
    soap = a soap opera.
    It seems to me "an Australian soap" is better than "the Austrailan soap."
    Yes, if the name of the soap isn't known to all the speech participants, then indefinite an works well; however, if it's a well-known soap, then definite the works just as well--even if some of the speech participants haven't heard of the soap before.

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    Re: home and away

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Re: Hello! I'm m a big fan of home and away the Australian soap.

    Q1. Is the above sentence correct?
    A1. Grammatically, yes, but it could do with a bit of punctuation:
    Ex: Hello! I'm a big fan of Home and Away, the
    Australian soap.
    Q2. Shall I use soap or soaps? Is there any difference?
    A2. Use a singular noun because Home and Away is a soap, one soap:
    Ex: ... Home and Away, Australian soaps.

    Ex: ... Home and Away, an/the Australian soap.
    Q3. Is home and away correctly used in this sentence [ I mean, from the point of view of semantics and grammar?]
    A3: Yes. What problem(s) do you see?
    I misunderstood the expression home and away. I didn`t think that it is the title of a soap. I merely thought that it meant : Everywhere I am [=home or away] I am a big fan of Australian soaps.
    I should have taken into consideration punctuation rules !

    Thank you very much!!

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