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English Grammar Question? Topic: If then else case statement
July 17, 2019 / By Teale
Question: I am having a disagreement with someone about grammar. Perhaps someone could help. Let's say that a person hands you a book and tells you, "This is a record of the former inhabitants of this neighborhood." When you read it, you find that it contains the record of a family that lived in one particular house in the neighborhood, but does not contain information about anyone else. While the description was not as clear as it could be, is it still, technically, correct to state it the way it was stated? If the statement is incorrect, could you please state what the error in the sentence is? Also, if possible, could you tell me if the answer you give would be different if you lived in the early to mid-1800s? (Just in case grammar has changed drastically enough since then.)
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Ronalda Ronalda | 4 days ago
By using the definite article "the", the speaker seems to imply that all former inhabitants of the neighbourhood will be in that book of record. If there was indeed only one family living in that neighbourhood years ago, then the statement is correct. However, if there were more than one family living in that neighbourhood years ago, then the statement describing the book of record could be: "This is a record of some/a few/ several/ a number of / a group of former inhabitants of this neighbourhood" Determiners like "some", "a few", "several", "a number of", "a group of" would be more apt to modify the noun "inhabitants" in this case.
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Ronalda Originally Answered: A simple English question related to grammar and stuff??
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Ronalda Originally Answered: A simple English question related to grammar and stuff??
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