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    Arrow Grammar with act

    Is the usage of "act" correct in this case?

    A scholar who lived and acted back in the 14th century.


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    Re: Grammar with act

    'act' in this context means, 'he did something, took some action of some kind' but is very vague.
    If there is a crisis in the country, or internationally, and someone says, 'The Prime Minister should act', it is implied that the Prime Minister should work with his ministers to deal with the crisis.
    In your sentence, it is a scholar. What did he do? Did he teach? Did he write scholarly books?
    It is too vague a term for use here.

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    Re: Grammar with act

    Quote Originally Posted by azkad View Post
    Is the usage of "act" correct in this case?

    A scholar who lived and acted back in the 14th century. That is not a complete sentence, so you don't need capitalization and punctuation.

    It's not incorrect, but is not what most people would say. (You don't need "back", unless you want to emphasize that it was very long ago.)

    You can say 'a scholar and actor (in)(of) the 14th century'. (Do you mean that he was an actor too?)
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    Re: Grammar with act

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    'act' in this context means, 'he did something, took some action of some kind' but is very vague.
    If there is a crisis in the country, or internationally, and someone says, 'The Prime Minister should act', it is implied that the Prime Minister should work with his ministers to deal with the crisis.
    In your sentence, it is a scholar. What did he do? Did he teach? Did he write scholarly books? Then, what about function: a scholar who lived and functioned (that is wrote books, spread knowledge and the likes.) in the 14th century .
    It is too vague a term for use here.
    Thanks.


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    Re: Grammar with act

    I do not actually see a need for anything but "lived" since you state he is a scholar, and I would omit "back":

    A scholar who lived in the ... [your sentence must be incomplete so there is something following "century"]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I do not actually see a need for anything but "lived" since you state he is a scholar, and I would omit "back":

    A scholar who lived in the ... [your sentence must be incomplete so there is something following "century"]
    You are quite right, it is just the start of the sentence; it is incomplete. I am placing the emphasis on the word function or act to say that the scholar spent most of his time on obtaining and spreading knowledge; is it possible to replace them with another more suitable word?

    Thank you Anglika.


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    Re: Grammar with act

    What about a different approach?

    During the 14th century, a scholar lived whose activities and studies .....

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