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Autor:  Dale/RS
E-mail:  não-disponível
Data:  25/SET/2005 11:50 AM
Assunto:  Then?
 
Mensagem: 

(1) As soon as the firebell rang everyone walked quickly downstairs and out of the building,

then gathered in the car park. 

Notice the sequence:  As soon as..rang (a), everyone walked (b), then gathered (c).

 

(2) As soon as the firebell rang everyone walked quickly downstairs and out of the building,

while / before gathered in the car park.

"While" can't be used here.  How can people walk out of a building while gathering outside? How

can two things in a sequence of three take place while the third thing is taking place?  Where is the logic?

"Before" can't be used because it requires a gerund.  For "before" to be correct, the sentence would have to be rephased:  "As soon as the firebell rang everyone walked quickly downstairs and out of the building before gathering in the car park."  Note that the comma after "outside" has been removed, and "gathered" has been changed to "gathering".

 

(3) As soon as the firebell rang everyone walked quickly downstairs and out of the building, to

gathered in the car park.

"To" can't be correct because in the meaning would be "in order to", and "to" would require the infinitive form.  Further note that it would not follow a comma in written English or a pause or hesitation in spoken English.  Furthermore, if you re-wrote the sentence to meet these requirements, it still wouldn't make any sense:  As soon as the firebell rang everyone walked quickly downstairs and out of the building to gather in the car park. 

 

Although I can appreciate your interest in grammar, ask yourself if the other choices make any sense in Portuguese (or any other language).

 


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Then?  –  Chester Benington  25/SET/2005, 10:13 AM
 Then?  –  Dale/RS  25/SET/2005, 11:50 AM
Then?  –  Maria Valeska  26/SET/2005, 12:35 PM

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