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word order

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:31 pm
by yelmax
Hello everyone,
I have to order some words to make sentences. Solutions according to the key:
1. "He got married when he was in his late 30s". (The option "When he was in his late 30s he got married" is not contemplated).
2. "When he was in his early 20s he moved to NY". (The option "He moved to NY when he was in his early 20s" is not contemplated).
To me these two sentences are exactly the same, so both options (in brackets) should be correct.Can anyone explain why not (if not)? Thank you very much in advance.

Re: word order

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:42 am
by ICAL_Pete
Unless I'm missing something obvious, both options look good to me!

Re: word order

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:20 pm
by yelmax
ICAL_Pete wrote:Unless I'm missing something obvious, both options look good to me!

Thank you very much. I just wanted to check. Normally, the key would offer both choices, but not in this case.

Re: word order

Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 11:02 am
by Joe
Both options are certainly possible and correct, but they might be used in different circumstances. One places more emphasis on the time/date, the other on the action.

Re: word order

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:57 pm
by babygirladdy
I agree with EC, but when you're using the options for "When he was in his late 30s/early 20s" a comma should be used afterward:

When he was in his late 30s, he got married.

Re: word order

Posted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:59 pm
by kamel
Hi
According to me both sentences are appropriate. But when you begin with the when clause I think you are more emphatic about the the time of the action rather than the action itself.