Native English speakers, could you please help me with these issues?

1. Do these sentences make sense (and are they correct):

a) "In case you are eligible to answer, which city do you prefer: Dublin or London?"

(Is 'eligible' an acceptable word if one intends to refer to someone who knows both cities mentioned?)

b) "Eventually, their child's death brought them apart, and the couple separated."

2 Answers

  • John P
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    I would re-cast the first sentence thus: "If you know both Dublin and London, which of those two cities do you prefer?" Using "eligible" in that context seems a bit "precious", a bit "namby-pamby".

    "Eligible" is used in contexts of qualification in some way or other, e.g. "He is eligible to play in the senior team because he is has just had his eighteenth birthday".

    "Eventually the death of their child drove the couple apart, and they (became) separated". "Became" is optional. Note especially "drove apart". The notion of "brought apart" is silly. You can "bring together", but not "bring apart".

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  • Susie
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    If you are familiar with Dublin and London, which city do you prefer?

    Eventually, their child’s death DROVE them apart.

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