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    #1

    right choice of words

    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me if my sentences are correct?

    1) Some students live on University campus.
    Do we need to put a capital “U” to “university” here? If yes, why?

    2) a) We had a really good time at your place...

    b) We really had a good time... (?) (where should I put the adverb ?)
    c) We had a real good time... (correct ?)
    d) We enjoyed ourselves immensely at your place / house (are they the same ?) last weekend.3) We spent a week in / on (?) Corfu. (what shall I say, and why ?)

    4) The company has a plant / factory in Ireland. (are they the same ?)

    5) I had to change train in / at(?) Birmingham. (what shall I say, and why ?)

    6) We used to live in a small area/ place (?) called Eastwood. (are they the same ?)


    Thank you in advance for your explanations.
    Hela


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    Re: right choice of words

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me if my sentences are correct?

    1) Some students live on University campus.
    Do we need to put a capital “U” to “university” here? If yes, why? No - on the university campus
    [unless the name of the campus is "university", in which case it is a proper noun and needs the capital letter].


    2) a) We had a really good time at your place...

    b) We really had a good time... (?) (where should I put the adverb ?) #a says the time we had was extra good; #b says that we had a good time. The placement of "really" depends on which meaning you intend.
    c) We had a real good time... (correct ?) Colloquially used. Not good formal English.
    d) We enjoyed ourselves immensely at your place / house (are they the same ? In this context either works - you could also use "home") last weekend.

    3) We spent a week in / on (?) Corfu. (what shall I say, and why ?) In Corfu (town); on Corfu (island).


    4) The company has a plant / factory in Ireland. (are they the same ?In this context, yes.)

    5) I had to change train in / at(?) Birmingham. (what shall I say, and why ?) I had to change trains > You can use either "at" or "in" here.

    6) We used to live in a small area/ place (?) called Eastwood. (are they the same ?) No. "Place" is the word to use unless you want to be more specific: a small village; a small suburb; a small district. Area means "part of an expanse, space or surface" = "the area opposite is a parking lot".


    Thank you in advance for your explanations.
    Hela
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    #3

    Re: right choice of words

    Thank you Angelika
    Concerning the last sentence, are you saying that an area is smaller than a place?

    All the best,
    Hela


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    Re: right choice of words

    No - a place is a location; an area is an expression of a spatial measurement.

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    Re: right choice of words

    Thanks again

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