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    #1

    what's wrong

    This dialogue comes from a test paper:

    ---I haven't seen Mary for a long time. What's wrong with her?
    ---Nothing. She's occupied with a translation of a French novel these days.

    I thought the sentence in black read oddly. Should it have been 'What's happened to her?'

    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.

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    Re: what's wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    This dialogue comes from a test paper:

    ---I haven't seen Mary for a long time. What's wrong with her?
    ---Nothing (in particular). She's occupied with a translation of a French novel these days.

    I thought the sentence in black read oddly. Should it have been 'What's happened to her?'

    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.
    (Not a teacher)

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    Smile Re: what's wrong

    Joham, I would agree with you that 'what's wrong with her' does not sit well. That phrase also implies that she is ill or absent for a negative reason.

    'What's happened to her' is much more natural, and dare I disagree with my learned friend DeepPurple? You do not necessarily need (in particular).

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