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    correct expressions

    The shoplifter made a beeline for the exit, but was detained by the security officers/a security officer.

    Is 'beeline for the exit' correctly used? Which makes more sense, 'a security officer' or 'security officers'. I think it is hard for one security officer to detain a suspected shoplifter.

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    Re: correct expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The shoplifter made a beeline for the exit, but was detained by the security officers/a security officer.

    Is 'beeline for the exit' correctly used? Which makes more sense, 'a security officer' or 'security officers'. I think it is hard for one security officer to detain a suspected shoplifter.

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    Hi, Tan Elaine!

    Yes! "The shoplifter made a beeline for the exit!" is correct.
    It is possible for 'a security officer' to detain a shoplifter until the police arrive. It is also possible for 'security officers' to detain a shoplifter. Each store has its own way of handling security challenges.

    So, either sentence is correct based upon the number of security personnel utilized by the store.

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    Re: correct expressions

    Whereas a 'beeline' is a straight line between two places, the expression "make a beeline for" means "hurry directly to/straight for the door" - that is, a hurried exit.

    No wonder he got caught, hurrying out like that! It must have looked highly suspicious. Shoplifters usually 'saunter'

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    Re: correct expressions

    Thanks, David and Amigo.

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