A dam did duty as bridge

bartoszdebski

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I've just encountered a problem concerning these sentences:

a) A dam did duty as a bridge
b) A dam took a role as a bridge?

Are they correct or not? If it requires being corrected, how can I correct them? Any better verb ?
 

Tarheel

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Try:

The structure served as both a dam and a bridge.
 

Raymott

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It depends on the context. Are you telling someone about a fact?
"X dam functioned as a bridge." "They used X dam as a bridge."
"A dam did duty" is too alliterative. It sounds silly to me.
 

probus

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"A dam did duty" is too alliterative. It sounds silly to me.

De gustibus non disputandum est.;-)

To me it was charming. I must have Imagined a different context than you. Lack of context is always a problem.
 

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a) is okay, although I'd expect to hear something like 'The dam did double duty as a bridge' or 'The dam doubled as a bridge'.
b) doesn't work for me.
 
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