Is this sentence grammatically correct?
They kept their eyes peeled and ears pricked for any sign of intruders.
- CrustyCurmudgeonLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
Yes, but the meaning is confusing. The dictionary second definition of pricked is "(especially of a horse or dog) make (the ears) stand erect when on the alert". "the dog's tail was wagging and her ears were pricked"
I'd re-write it to say "They kept their eyes peeled and listened carefully for any sign of intruders."
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- Anonymous1 month ago
The way you used the word "pricked" is archaic and not commonly used anymore. I would also avoid use of the word because it has an entirely different meaning in common vernacular.
- bluebellbkkLv 71 month ago
Yes, your sentence is grammatically correct.
The fact that it's a bit clunky is irrelevant. The fact that at least one answerer isn't familiar with the use of the adjective "pricked" (which is very commonly used to describe a dog's upright ears) is also irrelevant.
Grammatically and syntactically the sentence is correct.
- william ellisLv 71 month ago
English sentences must be written with a start, a middle and a ending an you have a weak ending...using, "the intruders" will give a better ending stop to the sentence but you could help the reader by adding a "why" using "because, that could, from, in the hope...in creating the why like using "intruders because the Youmuness is one dangerous sneaky creature......
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- 1 month ago
We don'y say that about the ears, "pricked".
"Keep your eyes and ears open".
- Karen LLv 71 month ago
Yes, it's correct.