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    #1

    Some cars slowed down to look...

    Policemen came and directed the traffic. They tried to clear the jam. Some cars slowed down to look at the scene of the incident.

    Is the sentence in bold print correct? Shouldn't it be "Some cars slowed down and the drivers looked at the scene of the accident"?

    Many thanks.


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    Re: Some cars slowed down to look...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Policemen came and directed the traffic. They tried to clear the jam. Some cars slowed down to look at the scene of the incident.

    Is the sentence in bold print correct? Shouldn't it be "Some cars slowed down and the drivers looked at the scene of the accident"?

    Many thanks.
    I have a more effective version:
    Drivers were rubbernecking the scene of the accident, which resulted in a complete a tieup.

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    #3

    Re: Some cars slowed down to look...

    Thanks, Svartnik.

    Some cars slowed down to look at the scene of the incident.

    I saw this sentence and I would like to know whether it is OK to write 'Some cars slowed down to look...' Is it logical for the 'cars to look'. IMO, it is illogical.

    Many thanks.


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    Re: Some cars slowed down to look...

    Do not take the literal meaning. 'cars' refers to the people who are traveling in them. The sentence is okay.

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    #5

    Re: Some cars slowed down to look...

    To Elaine

    Hi! To my mind everything is o.k. In this case *some* means not many cars. Sorry if I'm mistaken. *))))


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    Re: Some cars slowed down to look...

    Privet Viper

    Kak dela? Tan's problem is that (s)he is undecided about whether nouns with seemingly inanimate referents can perform an act of looking.

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    Re: Some cars slowed down to look...

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    I have a more effective version:
    Drivers were rubbernecking the scene of the accident, which resulted in a complete a tieup.
    It seems that you are very attached to American English.


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    Re: Some cars slowed down to look...

    Actually, I prefer BrE.
    I have a little problem, though: I cannot tell them apart.

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    Re: Some cars slowed down to look...

    Drivers were rubbernecking the scene of the accident, which resulted in a complete a tieup.

    This is completely American.

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    Re: Some cars slowed down to look...

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Drivers were rubbernecking the scene of the accident, which resulted in a complete a tieup.

    This is completely American.
    Yeah, and we're darned proud of it. Now if only those stupid rubberneckers would get the heck out of my way, I'd like to get home.....

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