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zhonglin

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Mandarin
Hi,

I was writing an an essay and some of my sentences about flood sound quite weird to me, so I hope to get some help here with correcting my sentences;

1) They can't drive through the flood. Or they can't drive through the flood water?
2) Our house area is high so we were not reached by flood. Our house area is high so we were not too affected by flood.
3) The flood there is about neck deep/waist deep
4) The flood there is a foot tall
5) The basement was completely filled with flood

Please help. Thank you in advance for your help.
 
  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    1) They can't drive through the flood. Or they can't drive through the flood water?
    I would say "They can't drive through the flood". But both sound OK to me.

    2) Our house area is high so we were not reached by flood.
    You need the definite article here "the flood" or "by flooding".

    Our house area is high so we were not too affected by flood.
    Same here, "the flood" or "by flooding"

    3) The flood there is about neck deep/waist deep
    Both are OK, depending upon how deep the water is. It could also be "knee deep", "ankle deep", etc.

    4) The flood there is a foot tall
    Not "tall",; use "deep".

    5) The basement was completely filled with flood
    "...with flood water..."
    or "The basement was completely flooded." Though in that case the source of the water is ambiguous--it could be from a leaky pipe.
     

    zhonglin

    Senior Member
    Mandarin
    1) They can't drive through the flood. Or they can't drive through the flood water?
    I would say "They can't drive through the flood". But both sound OK to me.

    2) Our house area is high so we were not reached by flood.
    You need the definite article here "the flood" or "by flooding".

    Our house area is high so we were not too affected by flood.
    Same here, "the flood" or "by flooding"

    3) The flood there is about neck deep/waist deep
    Both are OK, depending upon how deep the water is. It could also be "knee deep", "ankle deep", etc.

    4) The flood there is a foot tall
    Not "tall",; use "deep".

    5) The basement was completely filled with flood
    "...with flood water..."
    or "The basement was completely flooded." Though in that case the source of the water is ambiguous--it could be from a leaky pipe.
    Thanks a lot! You're very helpful, please check my below sentences to see if they're correct now;

    1) Our house area is high so we were not reached by the flood. Does this sound fine?
    2) The flood there is a foot deep. The flood there is 3 feet deep.
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Thanks a lot! You're very helpful, please check my below sentences to see if they're correct now;

    1) Our house area is high so we were not reached by the flood. Does this sound fine?
    2) The flood there is a foot deep. The flood there is 3 feet deep.
    In all three sentences you could say "the flood" or "the flood water". These are fine to my ear.
     

    Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    I'd say, "The flood water was up to my waist." Or, if the previous sentence mentioned the flood, "The water was up to my waist." The flood is the entire phenomenon; what I was up to my waist in was water.
     
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