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    I have been trying to help my adult son with his grammar, we write letters back and forth every week. He asked me to correct his spelling and grammar. I am not sure how to correct this sentence: "With my hair being so short, my head fries really easily." My question is mainly about the word "fries". Can you help? Thanks, Lynn


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    Re: Helping My Adult Son

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I have been trying to help my adult son with his grammar, we write letters back and forth every week. He asked me to correct his spelling and grammar. I am not sure how to correct this sentence: "With my hair being so short, my head fries really easily." My question is mainly about the word "fries". Can you help? Thanks, Lynn
    Would burns suffice?

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Helping My Adult Son

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I have been trying to help my adult son with his grammar, we write letters back and forth every week. He asked me to correct his spelling and grammar. I am not sure how to correct this sentence: "With my hair being so short, my head fries really easily." My question is mainly about the word "fries". Can you help? Thanks, Lynn
    A native speaker would be more likely to use "burns" rather than"fries".

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    Re: Helping My Adult Son

    'burns' may be the strict factual description of the sun's effect on his head. But we do say, 'you'll fry if you go out in that sun'.

    I think, if you correct this, you may be stifling his creative use of words, of conveying a hum drum fact in a more interesting, vivid way.
    I'm half joking, ...but half not! If it were my son, I would not comment (grammar-wise) on it; but look for further instances of his playful use of language.
    Last edited by David L.; 13-Aug-2008 at 07:01.

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