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Are the sentences below correct?

1- This morning the postman was chased down the street by my dog.
2- The child hurt himself badly when he fell out of the bedroom window.
Other options are "out from", "down", and "over".
3. He insisted on being given a receipt for the bill he had paid.
4. Fewer people go to football matches now than twenty years ago.
Does the word "lesser" exist?
5. Could you please tell me if you have any electric typewriters in stock.
Could we say "in store"?
6. The factory paid out nearly a million pounds to their employees who were injured in the explosion.
And last but not least, is it correct "he suggested to me go on holidays" or "he suggested they go on holidays"?
How does exactly work the verb suggest?
Thank you very much indeed,
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Are the sentences below correct?

1- This morning the postman was chased down the street by my dog. yes
2- The child hurt himself badly when he fell out of the bedroom window. yes
Other options are "out from", "down", and "over".
3. He insisted on being given a receipt for the bill he had paid. yes
4. Fewer people go to football matches now than twenty years ago.
Does the word "lesser" exist? It does, but it means less important and doesn't refer to number. Colloquially, many would say 'less people'.
5. Could you please tell me if you have any electric typewriters in stock. yes
Could we say "in store"?
6. The factory paid out nearly a million pounds to their employees who were injured in the explosion. yes
And last but not least, is it correct "he suggested to me go on holidays" or "he suggested they go on holidays"?
How does exactly work the verb suggest?
He suggested (that) they went on holiday. note that after the preposition 'on, we do not use the plural here
He suggested (that) they should go on holiday.

HTH ;-)
 
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Thanks a lot for the answers.

Could you please tell me if you have any electric typewriters in stock. yes
Could we say "in store"?

Is in store right?

And last but not least, are they correct "he suggested to me go on holiday" or "he suggested they go on holiday"?

Is the first one right?

I have always said holidays (in plural), when do you use one or another?

Thanks again,
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abrilsp said:
Thanks a lot for the answers.

Could you please tell me if you have any electric typewriters in stock. yes
Could we say "in store"?

Is in store right?

And last but not least, are they correct "he suggested to me go on holiday" or "he suggested they go on holiday"?

Is the first one right?

I have always said holidays (in plural), when do you use one or another?

Thanks again,
abrilsp

You could say Do you have any electric typewriters in the store?, but I don't recommend it. (It somehow seems impolite, but I'm not sure exactly why, so I can't explain it.)

Say:

  • He suggested that I go on holiday.

    Or:

    He suggested to me that I go on holiday.

Say:

  • He suggested that they go on holiday.

In AE we would say, "He suggested that I take a vacation." (Does Ron need a vacation?)

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P.S. Say questions. (A doubt is not something you ask somebody.)

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Hi again

Coming back to the holiday/s issue, what do you ask "how were your holidays? or how was your holiday?" Can you use singular o plural as you like or there is a rule?

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abrilsp said:
Hi again

Coming back to the holiday/s issue, what do you ask "how were your holidays? or how was your holiday?" Can you use singular o plural as you like or there is a rule?

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abrilsp

In North American English:

How was your holiday? (How was your day off?)
How were your holidays? (How were your days off?)

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In this country (USA) when we say "How were your holidays" we would almost invariably be referring to The Christmas holidays. Otherwise, we would usually say, "How was your vacation?" or "How was your day off?"

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Thanks a lot for your answers. T
he thing is that I am in the UK. Here, I believe, we don't say vacation but holidays and till few days ago for me were just one kind of holidays (and not holiday). So, I do not know was is the difference between both. As far as I know, for one day "holiday" we just say "day off", but as I am not a native I might be wrong :(

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In AE we usually say vacation and in BE they usually say holiday. I'm not sure if they use day off in the UK, but perhaps Tdol will comment on that.

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RonBee said:
In AE we usually say vacation and in BE they usually say holiday. I'm not sure if they use day off in the UK, but perhaps Tdol will comment on that.

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We certainly do use day off in the uk. In fact I had a day off this week. ;-)
 

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Red5 said:
RonBee said:
In AE we usually say vacation and in BE they usually say holiday. I'm not sure if they use day off in the UK, but perhaps Tdol will comment on that.

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We certainly do use day off in the uk. In fact I had a day off this week. ;-)

Thanks, Red!

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