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Are “were issued” and “were given” equivalent? And...

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Are “were issued” and “were given” equivalent? And...

Postby dwainccd » Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:49 am

I´m working on improving my grammar, and I have a couple of questions.

Question 1

Is it right to say:

The trash dumpers were issued a minimum of a $300 fine per violation by the city of Lawrence.

or should i say:

To the trash dumpers were given a minimum of a $300 fine per violation by the city of Lawrence.

Which one is right, or are they both right? Why should I use "issued" and not "given" or vice versa? Is there any grammar rule about this? Why not use "to" in this case?

Question 2

This is a basic sentence.

I was at the college this afternoon.

I was at college this afternoon.

The capital letter is the difference, in this case the article "the". Which one is right? Is there any grammar rule about this? Is it correct if I use the in this sentence? If not, why not?

I´d really appreciate your answers.

Thank you very much!
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Re: Are “were issued” and “were given” equivalent? And...

Postby Alan » Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:35 am

1. --> The trash dumpers were given...

2. At college (no article).
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