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Discussion in 'English Only' started by kenny4528, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. kenny4528

    kenny4528 Senior Member

    Taipei
    Mandarin, Taiwan
    Hi all,

    I just read this example on papers:
    I reread it for a while, but it really seems odd to me for no reason. In my view, the following works better:

    Charley had begun to fall asleep and all of a sudden, an oncoming car honked and awoke him.

    Charley had begun to fall asleep when an oncoming car suddenly honked and awoke him.

    Am I right?

    Many thanks.
     
  2. Rivendell

    Rivendell Senior Member

    Madrid
    Spanish / Spain
    In my opinion all the options (yours and the original sentence) are fine. In the original sentence 'when' is used to cut the previous action.

    'All of a sudden' and 'suddenly' are synonyms.
     
  3. Elwintee Senior Member

    London England
    England English
    Your second version is certainly better. By the way, I would say "woke him". We awaken (or in more modern English "wake", or "wake up") when we are "woken" by something or somebody. The "a-" is a good Old English thing and sounds a bit poetic: "I will arise and go now...", but in ordinary prose the "a-" is more often omitted: "he rose up angrily from his chair...", and "they rose him out of a deep sleep". I hope others agree.
     
  4. nichec

    nichec Senior Member

    Chinese(Taiwan)/English(AE)
    Charley went to bed at 11:20.

    Charley had begun to fall asleep at 11:30.

    At 11:30, a car suddenly honked.

    Charley woke up because of that.

    I don't see anything wrong with the original sentence.
     
  5. kenny4528

    kenny4528 Senior Member

    Taipei
    Mandarin, Taiwan
    I've got it. Thanks to all of you for your kind help. ;)
     

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