The old man old told the girl to pick up

Status
Not open for further replies.

Bassim

VIP Member
Joined
Mar 1, 2008
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Bosnian
Home Country
Bosnia Herzegovina
Current Location
Sweden
I saw the word "livid" in a dictionary and decided to use it in my sentence. Would you please correct my mistakes? I am not sure if the punctuation is correct in my first sentence.

The old man told the girl to pick up the empty bottle, she had just tossed in the street, and throw it in the litter bin. She became livid and showered him with swear words and curses and threatened to beat him up. The man shook his head and said, "I'm glad I lived in another time when people respected each other."
 

teechar

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Feb 18, 2015
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
Iraq
Current Location
Iraq
I would remove the two commas in the first sentence, use "was" instead of "became" (although I don't think "became" is wrong) and use "abuse" instead of "swear words and curses".
 

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
I'd use "I'm glad I lived in a time when ...", not "... another time when ..."
 

Bassim

VIP Member
Joined
Mar 1, 2008
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Bosnian
Home Country
Bosnia Herzegovina
Current Location
Sweden
emsr2d2,

I am wondering which proposition could be used in the following sentence. Is it correct with "in" or should it be "at"?

The old man told me he was born in a time when horses still pulled carts in the street.
 

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
Either preposition is possible there. I'd probably use "in", as I would with "in an era when".
 

Tdol

Editor, UsingEnglish.com
Staff member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
Japan
How about I grew up in a time- he is still alive.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top