Was there the hot air balloon a hundred years ago?

wolfbm1

Senior Member
Polish
Hello.

I wonder if I could ask about the existence of hot air baloons in the past in the following way:
Was there the hot air balloon a hundred years ago?

Thank you.
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    It's understandable (and grammatically correct too, I suppose) but not really the natural construction. I suggest: Were there hot air balloons a hundred years ago?
     

    wolfbm1

    Senior Member
    Polish
    While talking about animal species one can say "the tiger is almost extinct."
    Could one say the hot air baloon was invented in China?
     

    wolfbm1

    Senior Member
    Polish
    Yes, that's fine.

    You need a capital T in the. And it's balloon (two ls), not baloon.
    I meant: Could one say that the hot air balloon was invented in China?
    I made the typo again because there is a similar word in my mother tongue, spelt with one 'l' and one 'o' only.

    If I wanted to ask about a hot air balloon in a picture I think I ought to say: Was the hot air baloon invented a hundred years ago?,
    but I can't say: Was there the hot air balloon a hundred years ago?
     

    Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    I meant: Could one say that the hot air balloon was invented in China?
    Understood. Since you'd italicised everything after "Could one say", I thought you were asking about a sentence starting "The hot air balloon...", which is why I said T needs to be capitalised.
    I think I ought to say: Was the hot air baloon invented a hundred years ago?,
    Yes, this is fine, or the option I suggested in #2.
     
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