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    Puzzled?

    Hi there,

    Can anybody help me with these two sentences? I am told that they are wrong but I don not know why.

    a) I think I must have eaten some rancid fish.

    b) There were some really heavy winds last night.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated

    Thank you.

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    Re: Puzzled?

    In (a) the collocation 'rancid fish' is a bit unusual; fish is typically 'rotten', 'bad' or 'off'. But I wouldn't say it's wrong.

    In (b), again the collocation is a bit unusual. Winds, in the plural, are typically 'strong', and a 'heavy wind' tends to be singular. But other people might hear it differently.

    Bottom line: neither's wrong, but I can see why some people might find them strange.

    b

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