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tony
  • I read about a fourteen-year-old boy who hung himself on July 30th in the newspaper.
  • I read (a report) in the newspaper about a fourteen-year-old boy who hung himself on July 30th.
  • Putting "in the newspaper" at the end of the sentence is called a "dangling modifier". It is not immediately clear whether it modifies the verb phrase "read" (as you intended) or the verb phrase "hung himself". "Hung himself in the newspaper" doesn't make sense, but it is still very awkward to put the prepositional phrase somewhere where the reader has to do that reasoning to figure out your intended meaning. Word order is more important in English than in Japanese.
maru's mommy
Icepattonさん、役立ちそうな辞書の説明をシェアしてくださりありがとうございます。わからない単語を調べながら、じっくり読んでみます^_^
intention, intent, purpose, design, aim, end, object, objective, goal

Jul 15, 2014 16:45 Public The Words by a Zimbabwean
rlquinn1980
Either the original entry has been deleted or you don't have access to it.
tony
  • She is very nice and I'm happy to meet her.
  • She is very nice and I'm happy that I met her. [Alternative: She's very nice, and I enjoy getting together with her.]
  • In English, "meet" will be interpreted in this sentence as "encounter someone for the first time". That is a single action completed in the past, so you need the past tense "met". In the alternative sentence, which talks about repeated, ongoing actions, the verb phrase "get together" is more natural than the verb "meet". "Meet" and "会う" overlap to some extent, but they are not used exactly the same way.
tony
"Accept" has a couple of different meanings. The relevant one here is to agree to receive something (the opposite is to refuse or reject an offer). It is often used with the noun "offer". I suggested it because you used the phrase "willi...
accept/ receive

Mar 2, 2014 10:12 Public Free wine
tony
  • Even though I ate too much food, they worked really hard.
  • Since/Because I ate too much food, they worked really hard.
  • "Even though X, Y" is said when Y is a surprising result; when you would ordinarily not expect X to lead to Y. In this case, your organs working hard is an expected result of overeating, so you should use "since" or "because" instead.

even though x y

Feb 9, 2014 15:42 Public Food Makes Your Body
  • It was so exciting that I couldn't release my eyes from the movie.
  • It was so exciting that I couldn't take my eyes off it.
  • This is an idiom :)
目が離せない

Dec 3, 2013 19:46 Public Excursion!
tony
When you're talking about a goal, there is little difference in meaning. Compare the following three sentences, though: C: He is an architect. C': He is becoming an architect. C": He will become an architect. C says he is now an...
the difference between become and be

Oct 5, 2013 16:27 Public Question!
tony
  • However, only four swaps went through from a net and descend on him.
  • However, only four wasps got through the net and descended on him.
  • To make the connection with the net you have already mentioned, you need to say "the net". If you say "a net" here, it means some other net which happened to be around. When you say "only four wasps", that suggests that we should expect that more would have done this.

Sep 29, 2013 10:24 Public Revenge
tony
  • Then he sprayed over the nest to kill them completely.
  • Then he sprayed over the nest to kill them completely.
  • You can say "He sprayed the entire nest" if you want to emphasize that he did a thorough job, or that the nest was large.

Sep 29, 2013 10:24 Public Revenge

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