employed - busy - occupied - engaged

altiwife

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Please proofread my sentences and correct them if they are false.
1. The children were employed in painting.
2. The children were occupied with painting.
3. The children were busy with painting.
4. The children were engaged with painting.
 

Tdol

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Do you think they all have the same meaning?
 

GoesStation

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1 through 3 are grammatically correct. 4 isn't. Since I don't know which children or what time the sentences are about, I can't comment on whether they are true. ("True" does not mean "grammatically correct".)
 

GoesStation

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Please proofread my sentences and correct them if they are [STRIKE]false[/STRIKE] incorrect.
See above. An incorrect assertion is false. Incorrect grammar is not.
 
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