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What do you think?

serenity light

What do you think?

hello,dear colleagues..
I ve got a question:

In the following sentences:
1- He was famous ...........his latest films.
2-I like watching comedy films ............ they make me laugh.

To complete sentence1 we can use: (for ) to have ( famous for)
   but if ss used ( in ) do you think it s totally wrong , or can we accept it considering  that the  prep ( in ) is used with ( films) .

For the second sentence, ss can fill the space with :because, since , as,,

but again if someone used ( and) should we consider it totally wrong?


9 Jan 2010      


hi miss serenity
for yr qs in the 1st sentence using" for "is incorrect bcz famous for is somethinmg he or she is good at in general but for using "in "is the correct one why? bcz it means he is good or famous in this kinds of films .
for the 2nd sentence.. of course we cant use and here bcz it does not match the cause and the effect in such a sentence.. so we can use beacuse, since or as bcz all give the meaning of cause and effect ...

9 Jan 2010     


1. He was famous in the Superman films would mean that he acted a famous person there. If the student meant this, he is right. Ask him to translate the sentence into his native language, and you will see the point.
2. And in the second would be incorrect from my point of view, since and makes the two sentences quite independent, I would separate them with a full stop.
If a student chooses a worse variant out of a limited choice where you have a better one, it is considered a mistake. Why hasn t he chosen a better one? He might not know it.
This is how I would explain the mistake to my students.

9 Jan 2010     

serenity light

thanks alot for your help,,

10 Jan 2010