Which sentence is not acceptable?

Questions from teachers about English grammar and usage

Moderator: Joe

hurdman
Member
Posts: 2
Joined: Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:52 am
Status: Prospective Teacher

Which sentence is not acceptable?

Unread post by hurdman » Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:08 am

Hello there,

I'd appreciate it very much if someone could please let me know which of the following options are not grammatically correct:

1. She is sitting alone sadly.
2. She is sitting alone and sad.
3. She is sitting alone, sad.
4. She is sitting alone sad.

More particularly, I would like to know whether or not Sentence 4 sounds natural to a native speaker (with no comma between alone and sad.

Thank you in advance!

User avatar
Joe
Admin
Admin
Posts: 62
Joined: Mon May 09, 2005 5:38 pm
Status: Teacher

Re: Which sentence is not acceptable?

Unread post by Joe » Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:26 am

Just my opinion:
1. She is sitting alone sadly. :nok:
2. She is sitting alone and sad. :ok: grammatically correct
3. She is sitting alone, sad. :ok: grammatically correct
4. She is sitting alone sad. :ok: acceptable, idiomatic
eBooks: English Prepositions List | Essential Business Words

hurdman
Member
Posts: 2
Joined: Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:52 am
Status: Prospective Teacher

Re: Which sentence is not acceptable?

Unread post by hurdman » Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:21 pm

Thank you very much Joe! Much appreciated!

User avatar
AtlantaEI
Member
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed May 22, 2019 2:20 pm
Status: Other

Re: Which sentence is not acceptable?

Unread post by AtlantaEI » Tue May 28, 2019 3:22 pm

Hi Hurdman,

You pose an interesting question, but I think you missed a potential answer that might solve your problem. The sentence, "She is sadly sitting alone" could also be grammatically correct. This correctly utilizes "sad" as an adverb, because it describes how she is sitting; so if she were to be sitting with a sullen expression, perhaps with some tears, she would be sadly sitting.

I hope this helps!
- Atlanta English Institute
www.atlantaenglishinstitute.com

Post Reply