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"Yesterday I turned on the TV to watch Olympic games. A Marathon race was going on in which an Englands player was ahead of all players. He remained ahead of all for 18 KMs but later on took over by the chinese players and lost then I changed the channel and on other channel trampolin gymnastics finale match was going to start. It was women's championship they had to jump on trampolin and do the stunts. Canada remaind on first place while England on second place."

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"Yesterday I turned on the TV to watch the Olympics. [STRIKE]games.[/STRIKE] [STRIKE]A[/STRIKE] The marathon [STRIKE]race[/STRIKE] was going on [STRIKE]in which[/STRIKE] and an [STRIKE]Englands[/STRIKE] British [STRIKE]player[/STRIKE] runner/athlete was [STRIKE]ahead of all players[/STRIKE]. in the lead/in front. He remained ahead [STRIKE]of all[/STRIKE] for 18km [STRIKE]KMs[/STRIKE] but later on [STRIKE]took over[/STRIKE] he was overtaken by the Chinese [STRIKE]players[/STRIKE] runner/athlete and lost the race.

Then I changed the channel and [STRIKE]on other channel[/STRIKE] found that the women's trampoline [STRIKE]gymnastics[/STRIKE] [STRIKE]finale[/STRIKE] final [STRIKE]match[/STRIKE] was [STRIKE]going[/STRIKE] about to start. [STRIKE]It was women's championship they had to jump on trampolin and do the stunts.[/STRIKE] Canada [STRIKE]remaind on first place[/STRIKE] won the gold [medal] while England [STRIKE]on[/STRIKE] [STRIKE]second place[/STRIKE] won/took silver."

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I'm sure emsr2d2 meant to write "a British" and to put a space between "18" and "km."
Other than that, I would just change "was going on" in the second sentence to "was on."
 

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I should indeed have changed "an" to "a" before "British. Thank you.

However, I did not mean to put a space between "18" and "km". In written BrE, we run them together.

I led for 18km.
He won by 6m. (This could be miles, minutes or metres, depending on the context.)

"The marathon was on" tells us that the TV channel was, at that moment, broadcasting footage of the marathon. It could be a live broadcast or recorded. It doesn't tell us, with any certainty, that the marathon was actually going on (the runners were taking part) at that moment. I assumed it was a live broadcast so I said that the marathon was going on (and it happened to be being broadcast live).
 

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tufguy, we write Olympic Games or Olympics, but not Olympics games.

:eek:lympic:
 

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Tufguy, I am pretty sure that England doesn't have its own Olympic team. Instead, the UK has a team. (I am sure somebody will correct me if I am wrong.)
 

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You're not wrong, but it's called Team GB.
 

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Yes, and they just won their first gold medal in gymnastics.
 

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Tufguy, I am pretty sure that England doesn't have its own Olympic team. Instead, the UK has a team. (I am sure somebody will correct me if I am wrong.)

Yes, thanks for reminding me. What a fool I am. England doesn't have a team it's the Great Britain's Olympic team. That was a question related to Geography.

By the way I wanted him to win but unfotunatley he lost but he was very consistent though through out the Marathon.
 
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Didn't you notice that I had changed "England's" in my very first response?
 

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Is is more proper to change from "change the chanel" to "change chanels"? For the former means making a difference. Such example like the difference between "the train has gone, so I have to change the train" and "change trains", may can suppor my point.
looking forward your request.
 

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Is it more proper to change [STRIKE]from[/STRIKE] "change the channel" to "change channels"?
wulala, please start a new thread for this question, with the title change the channel/change channels.
 

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Is it wrong to say: " ..... to watch the Olympic Games" ? Because I saw in the second reply that @emsr2d2 had crossed the "games" and changed it to "Olympics".

I think both are correct but maybe she did that because the starter of the topic had not capitilised "games" into "Games" and he had also forgotten to put definite article before it.
 

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No, it wouldn't be wrong, but it's more economical to say "the Olympics."
 
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