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    Grammar

    I. She had heard a voice like this once before and at some other crises of her life. Where had it been? The voice of a man facing himself and his world without feeling, without flinching, without hope.

    My question is : "The voice......." is not a complete sentence, right? If so, why the first letter of " The" is in capital?

    II. " Who is that? The man looking at us and smiling. A nasty dog."
    " Who is that? the man looking at us and smiling, a nasty dog."
    Which sentence is right in writing and punctuation?

    III." How it has changed."
    "How great it has changed."
    I think the two sentences are correct, right?

    Please.

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    Re: Grammar

    I. "The voice of a man..."
    This is called a sentence fragment. Extremely common in spoken English, and accepted in all but the most formal writing. Sentence fragments do have capital letters.

    II. I'm not sure what this meaning. Possibly:
    "Who is that?" the man said, looking at us and smiling. "A nasty dog."

    III. "How it has changed" is an exclamation, and expression of strong feeling, so it would usually take an exclamation point: "How it has changed!"
    "How great it has changed" is wrong because the structure requires an adverb. "How greatly it has changed" would be acceptable.

    How you've grown!
    How beautiful she is!
    How smoothly this car runs!
    How cold it is today!
    How warmly they welcomed me!
    How dirty your face is!

    cheers
    edward

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    I. She had heard a voice like this once before and at some other crises of her life. Where had it been? The voice of a man facing himself and his world without feeling, without flinching, without hope.

    My question is : "The voice......." is not a complete sentence, right? If so, why the first letter of " The" is in capital?

    II. " Who is that? The man looking at us and smiling. A nasty dog."
    " Who is that? the man looking at us and smiling, a nasty dog."
    Which sentence is right in writing and punctuation?

    III." How it has changed."
    "How great it has changed."
    I think the two sentences are correct, right?

    Please.

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    #3

    Re: Grammar

    Could you tell me the sentences of III. are both right?

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    Re: Grammar

    Yes, I got your meaning. Don't bother the III.

    My puzzle about II. is which sentence is right in writing. I mean I ask someone about the man:
    " Could you tell me who is that? The man looking at us and smiling. A nasty dog."
    " Could you tell me who is that? the man looking at us and smiling, a nasty dog."

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    Re: Grammar

    "Could you tell me who that is? That man who's looking at us and smiling, the guy with the nasty dog?"

    Is that what the sentence means? "Guy" is colloquial, almost slang, but very common. I used it here to avoid repeating "man."

    regards
    edward



    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    Yes, I got your meaning. Don't bother the III.

    My puzzle about II. is which sentence is right in writing. I mean I ask someone about the man:
    " Could you tell me who is that? The man looking at us and smiling. A nasty dog."
    " Could you tell me who is that? the man looking at us and smiling, a nasty dog."

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