軒慧 asked in 社會與文化語言 · 1 decade ago

一個不知道怎麼改的英文句子?

偶然看到一篇文章試著改寫一下發現一個地方怪怪的節錄幾一段I really hope I can stop shedding tears from now on .I hate to face loneliness . Suppose that—a few minutes before, there are six people chatting happily in the house.After they leave ,the house becomes quiet,lonely,and empty.從Suppose開始那個1.hyphon 要加嗎?2.那個以假設開頭的句子好像是錯的?請精通英文的大大幫我看一下

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  • Elisa
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    1 decade ago
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    #1: 從Suppose開始那個1.hyphon 要加嗎?

    The dash ( -- or — ) should be used when making a brief interruption within a statement, a sudden change of thought, an additional comment, or a dramatic qualification. Try to remove the statement within the dash from the sentence; if the sentence appears disjointed or does not make sense, then you may need to revise.

    For example: An introductory clause is a brief phrase that comes—yes, you guessed it—at the beginning of a sentence.

    See http://www.wikihow.com/Use-English-Punctuation-Cor...

    So for this sentence, adding dash is correct, but you need to have the end dash too. The tense is incorrect because you are stating something happened in the past, a few minutes ago. Also you should use “ago” instead of “before”.

    See corrections below:

    Suppose that – a few minutes ago – there were six people chatting happily in the house.

    = Suppose that, a few minutes ago, there were six people chatting happily in the house.

    = Suppose that there were six people chatting happily in the house a few minutes ago.

    #2.那個以假設開頭的句子好像是錯的?

    Suppose = to consider or imagine something to be a possibility

    http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_/suppose.html

    The sentence starting with the word “suppose” is accurate except for errors in tense and word usage. See explanation above.

    => (Let’s) Suppose that, a few minutes ago, there were six people chatting happily in the house. After they left, the house became quiet, lonely and empty..

    Words in ( ) when omitted is a more colloquial writing pattern.

    For example:

    (1) (Let’s) Suppose (that) the statue inside the box is made out of glass. You should handle it with care.

    (2) (Let’s) Suppose (that) it only takes 20 minutes to drive from your house to the airport. You still have time to eat your breakfast and get there in time for your flight.

    Source(s): Myself. Went abroad at age 11. With 32 years experience speaking and writing English. Tutored English as an Undergrad. A project manager in the US since 1992.
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