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What is grammatically wrong with the phrase: "killing an alive person is wrong."

Post by Salahome » Fri May 03, 2019 9:44 am

What is grammatically wrong with the phrase: "killing an alive person is wrong."

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Re: What is grammatically wrong with the phrase: "killing an alive person is wrong."

Post by Firefox » Fri May 03, 2019 12:32 pm

You Only Die Twice in movies.

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Re: What is grammatically wrong with the phrase: "killing an alive person is wrong."

Post by Salahome » Fri May 03, 2019 2:00 pm

Firefox wrote: โ†‘
Fri May 03, 2019 12:32 pm
You Only Die Twice in movies.
Yeah I get that part but is putting 'an' before 'alive' correct? It just sounds weird, Even if 'alive' does start with a vowel.
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Re: What is grammatically wrong with the phrase: "killing an alive person is wrong."

Post by Firefox » Fri May 03, 2019 2:05 pm

No, it's not grammatically wrong ("a alive person" WOULD be wrong) but the whole expression is not idiomatic. We might prefer "killing a living person is wrong".

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Post by Salahome » Fri May 03, 2019 2:06 pm

Oh yeah that sounds better thanks.

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Re: What is grammatically wrong with the phrase: "killing an alive person is wrong."

Post by Joe » Fri May 03, 2019 2:08 pm

"Alive" is seldom used before the noun. It's more often used as in:
There is no hope of finding anyone alive.
He comes alive when he drinks.
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