Football fans have jumped...

Karen123456

Senior Member
Malaysia English
Football fans have jumped when they learnt of Football Association of Singapore's (FAS) decision to purge the national team of all the players.

Is 'jumped' correctly used?

Thanks in advance.
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Ah, I just answered your other question and wondered about this. It sounds odd to me because it tells me nothing. Did they jump for joy, jump because they were startled, or some other reason? I think you need to clarify why.
     
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    Karen123456

    Senior Member
    Malaysia English
    Thanks, Copyright.

    The sentence is from a newspaper. I was surprised to read the word 'jumped' used in that sentence.

    It doesn't make much sense to me.
     
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    Robañero

    Senior Member
    American English
    Copyright is right, you need to clarify what you are trying to express more precisely.

    Apart from that, you shouldn't be using the present perfect of "jump", rather the preterit:


    If they were happy with the news:

    Football fans jumped for joy when they learned of FAS' decision to purge....

    If they were sad:

    Football fans were hopping mad when they learned....

    or maybe:

    Football fans "jumped ship" (stopped being fans) when they learned...
     

    Karen123456

    Senior Member
    Malaysia English
    Copyright is right, you need to clarify what you are trying to express more precisely.

    Apart from that, you shouldn't be using the present perfect of "jump", rather the preterit:


    If they were happy with the news:

    Football fans jumped for joy when they learned of FAS' decision to purge....

    If they were sad:

    Football fans were hopping mad when they learned....

    or maybe:

    Football fans "jumped ship" (stopped being fans) when they learned...
    I believe 'learnt' is the British version of 'learned'.
     
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