San
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San asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

Which is correct?

He didn't go to school that day like ...

A. ... all his classmates.

B. ... all his classmates did.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    Both forms are commonly used.  "B" has the advantage of being technically more explanatory.  Someone unfamiliar with common English usage could mistake "A" as meaning the same as "Like all his classmates, he didn't go to school that day."  You see?  In that case, it's not one boy missing.  The classroom is empty!  The same phrases, in a different order, have a completely different meaning.  

    This possible interpretation of "A" would be ignored by a native English-speaker, but not by an English-as-a-Second-Language speaker.  However, the addition of the verb "did" at the end of "B" makes that option friendlier to ESL speakers, ruling out the possibility of an empty classroom.  At the same time, it wouldn't sound strange to the native-speaker.

  • 2 months ago

    his school was on remote learning

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