Tom and Sally.... them

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Tom and Sally.... them

Post by navi » Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:56 pm

Can sentences 1-5 be used for the given meanings:


1) Tom and Sally, the police arrested them.
(Meaning: The police arrested Tom and Sally.)

2) Tom and Sally, do you think the police should arrest them?

(Meaning: Do you think the police should arrest Tom and Sally?)

3) Tom and Sally, I want to see get out of jail.
4) Tom and Sally, I want to see them get out of jail.

(Meaning: I want to see Tom and Sally get out of jail.)

5) Tom and Sally, do you want to see them get out of jail?

(Meaning: Do you want to see Tom and Sally get out of jail?)

Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: Tom and Sally.... them

Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:14 pm

This type of construction is the spoken equivalent of a written heading that specifies a topic which is about to be raised.

It occurs frequently in speech, but is uncommon in written English the way it is formatted here, except when speech is reported or transcribed verbatim.
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