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    #1

    shook the building

    Hi there!

    Is it okay to say, "The moment the earthquake shook the building, I got under the table"?

    Thank you

    OP

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    #2

    Re: shook the building

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Hi there!

    Is it okay to say, "The moment the earthquake shook the building, I got under the table"?

    Thank you

    OP
    Yes, it's fine.


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    Re: shook the building

    In your speech and writing, try to avoid use of the word "got". It is a poor substitute for more descriptive words that bring your writing and speech to life:
    "The moment the earthquake shook the building, I
    crouched
    sought shelter
    sought protection
    or
    'ducked' , 'shot', as colloquial alternatives to 'got'

    under the table"

    You're putting a lot of effort and time into learning English. Don't settle for the most basic, mundane expression of the language.
    Last edited by David L.; 03-Mar-2009 at 17:19.

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    #4

    Re: shook the building

    Hi David, thanks for your post.

    Don't settle for the most basic, mundane expression of the language.

    I really appreciate this advice. I'll always keep it in mind.

    OP

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