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    Hi there,
    A tall man sitting behind me at a cinema pushed his leg to my seat, which was very disturbing to me

    Could you proofread the above sentence.

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    Re: push

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    A tall man sitting behind me at a cinema pushed his leg to my seat, which was very disturbing to me

    Could you proofread the above sentence.

    tks
    pete
    Dear pete:

    A tall man sitting behind me at a cinema pushed his leg into the back of my seat, which was very disturbing (or annoying or distracting or uncomfortable) to me.
    You might also want to convey the fact that this didn't just happen once, but continually or repeatedly during the film:
    A tall man sitting behind me at a cinema kept his leg jammed up against my seat for the entire length of the film. It was so uncomfortable!

    I hope this is helpful,

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    Re: push

    Hi there,
    How about this?
    A tall man sitting behind me at a cinema kept kicking my seat for the entire length of the film. It was so uncomfortable!

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    #4

    Re: push

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    How about this?
    A tall man sitting behind me at a cinema kept kicking my seat for the entire length of the film. It was so uncomfortable!

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    Perfect!


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    Re: push

    ...A tall man sitting behind me at a cinema pushed...

    A tall man sitting behind me in a cinema pushed

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    Cool Re: push

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    ...A tall man sitting behind me at a cinema pushed...

    A tall man sitting behind me in a cinema pushed
    A tall man sitting behind me in the cinema pushed... And you know precisely why the, not a.


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    Re: push

    No reason to assume that it is any particular cinema, and so mandate the use of 'the'.
    (I remember once,) a really tall man sitting behind me in a cinema kept kicking my seat, and...

    (We'd gone to see The Matrix, and this) tall man sitting behind me in the cinema kept kicking my seat, and...

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    No reason to assume that it is any particular cinema, and so mandate the use of 'the'.
    (I remember once,) a really tall man sitting behind me in a cinema kept kicking my seat, and...

    (We'd gone to see The Matrix, and this) tall man sitting behind me in the cinema kept kicking my seat, and...
    I think there is. You're actually talking about the cinema you went to, and it so happened there was a tall man sitting behind you, pushing his leg into the back of the seat you had in that particular cinema.

    The use of a cinema in your first sentence is perfect, though.
    I just wonder whether it is possible to put a tall man instead of this tall man in your second sentence.

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    Re: push

    at a cinema
    at the cinema
    in a cinema
    in the cinema

    They all work, depending on speaker's preference. At a cinema would work particularly well if the speaker were telling the story in an offhand way, and wanted to focus more on the annoyance than the location.

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