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    Grammar

    He died on the Tuesday after the accident.

    Does the sentence mean that the accident also happened on Tuesday? Please.

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    It is more likely to mean that the accident happened on an unspecified day and that he died on the following Tuesday.

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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    He died on the Tuesday after the accident.

    Does the sentence mean that the accident also happened on Tuesday? Please.
    1)He died on tuesday in an accident./2)He died on tuesday after an accident.
    1)THE ACCIDENT WAS ON TUESDAY AND HE DIED ON THE SAME DAY.
    2)THE ACCIDENT MIGHT BEEN ON TUESDAY OR BEFORE .HE DIED ON TUESDAY.

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    Re: Grammar

    He died on the Tuesday after the accident.
    He died on a Tuesday after the accident.

    Do the sentences above mean exactly the same? Please.


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    He died on the Tuesday after the accident.
    This makes it crystal clear: he died after the accident, and the day he died as a Tuesday, the very Tuesday after the accident happened.

    He died on a Tuesday after the accident.
    The accident happened (it could have been years ago!) and on some Tuesday since then, he died. With 52 Tuesdays in a year, and if it was 10 years ago, it could have been any of 520 Tuesdays!!
    Also, in what context would we be so interested in the fact that he died on a(one of 520 possible) Tuesday after some accident - how are they related? It leaves the reader very perplexed.

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    He died on the Tuesday after the accident.
    This makes it crystal clear: he died after the accident, and the day he died as a Tuesday, the very Tuesday after the accident happened.

    "the very Tuesday after the accident happened" means the accident happened the same day? Please.

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    He died on the Tuesday after the accident

    The time we say this sentence is still in the week including "The Tuesday". Right?


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    Actually, we're still in trouble with this - I now look at what seemed crystal clear to me, and the ambiguity still remains. The sentence structure doesn't make it clear in any of the sentences we've looked at so far!

    In spoken English, this would be clear because they may have been talking about somebody hurt in an accident, and that as a result, the person died.
    "Oh, I didn't know! When did he die?"
    Me: "He died the Tuesday after the accident" (with stress on the 'after')
    Though a native speaker would more likely reply" He died the following Tuesday."

    It is in written form, and with no context, that the difficulty arises -it is so unlikely that one would find this sentence in splendid isolation
    In isloation, we would have to rephrase the sentence.

    I need to do something now. I'll come back to it a little later - in the meantime, someone else can try getting their head around it!
    Last edited by David L.; 30-May-2008 at 10:30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    He died on the Tuesday after the accident.

    Does the sentence mean that the accident also happened on Tuesday? Please.
    He died on the following tuesday after the accident.

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    You mean the very next day after the accident?

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