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Lin Treadgold

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A grammar question.
« on: January 06, 2018, 02:58:11 PM »
LATEST MODEL OF FORD CORTINAS
OR Latest models of Ford Cortina?


Here is my sentence:

The journey to work took only ten minutes. On the forecourt stood a line of the latest models of Ford Cortina.

 ;D ;D ;D




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Re: A grammar question.
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2018, 04:07:28 PM »
If there is more than 1 model of Ford Cortina on display (i.e. a 1100, a 1300 and say an 1800) then 'a line of the latest models of Ford Cortina' is fine.
If there is only one new model of the car in question, then 'a line of the latest model of Ford Cortinas' is best, I should think.

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Re: A grammar question.
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2018, 07:29:52 PM »
As this is a garage selling Ford cars, I would imagine there would be different models of the brand name. So thanks for the confirmation.

LIN  :D


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Re: A grammar question.
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 11:19:13 AM »
LATEST MODEL OF FORD CORTINAS
OR Latest models of Ford Cortina?


Here is my sentence:

The journey to work took only ten minutes. On the forecourt stood a line of the latest models of new Ford Cortina.

 ;D ;D ;D






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Lin Treadgold

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Re: A grammar question.
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 12:12:01 PM »
My character is switched on to marketing and so on and for this reason I wanted to show her knowledge of her job so again show the kind of person she is through the fact these cars are not just ordinary Ford Cortinas.    She isnt just a girl in a job, she is keen and I thought this sentence may just add to the reader's knowledge of the character.  Bright and always seeking knowledge.


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Re: A grammar question.
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2018, 03:54:22 PM »
Correct or not, it's a pretty ropy sentence.  Read it aloud - can you imagine saying it?  Or would you say: "a line of the latest Ford Cortinas"?  If it's really significant you could be more specific, but I doubt if it's worth the trip-factor.  Just because your character is a car nerd doesn't mean your readers will be.

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Re: A grammar question.
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2018, 07:34:55 AM »
Hi Lin

I think it is a slightly odd picture you describe. Assuming it is a Ford Dealership, you'd expect a mix of models (Cotrinas, Escorts, Granadas et al) to be on display. Those that were brand new would, self evidently, be the latest models and those that were used would probably not be the latest models.

Either way, unless your MC has some sort of OCD it hardly feels worthy of note.  :)

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Re: A grammar question.
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2018, 07:51:43 AM »
As Mark suggests, I would go with the latest Ford models.

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Re: A grammar question.
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2018, 12:18:48 PM »
Thanks everyone for your input.

Will make the right changes.

Lin  :)