Since Ann plays truant in school, she will be punished.

EdisonBhola

Senior Member
Korean
Hi all,

I have a question regarding the following sentence from a grammar exercise (written by a non-native) intended to teach conjunctions:

Since Ann plays truant in school, she will be punished.

I might well be wrong, but I think there are two places that aren't quite right.

1) I think using the present simple "plays" is weird (unless it's something that she does habitually).
2) I think saying "in school" is weird, because "playing truant" can only be done at school, not anywhere else.

Am I overthinking, or do you also think this sentence is problematic?

Many thanks! :)
 
  • boozer

    Senior Member
    Bulgarian
    You play truant from school and while doing it you are not really inside the school, so yes, I agree. :)

    Otherwise the present simple 'plays' is possible, as you say it suggests a habit.
     

    boozer

    Senior Member
    Bulgarian
    Well, I myself do not remember when I last saw/heard the phrase used. Most likely when I myself was a student... Most likely in relation to literature/chemistry classes and my humble self... :D The noun truancy is more common, in my experience.
     
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