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hiromichi



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:56 am    Post subject: A sentence structure Reply with quote

I can guess what it means, but I would like to have a sentence beginning with What paraphrased fully.



It was 36 years ago. The culture: What 15-year-old girl would tell her parents she had been at a party where kids had been drinking, much less that a boy had attacked her?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:43 pm    Post subject: Re: A sentence structure Reply with quote

hiromichi wrote:
I can guess what it means, but I would like to have a sentence beginning with What paraphrased fully.



It was 36 years ago. The culture: What 15-year-old girl would tell her parents she had been at a party where kids had been drinking, much less that a boy had attacked her?


The idea is: Could you find a 15-year-old girl who would tell her parents that she had been at a party where kids had been drinking? And even less chance that she would tell them that a boy had attacked her?

In other words, it would have been hard to find such a 15-year-old girl who would do that 36 years ago.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lorikeet,
In this sentence structure can I rewrite as below?

What possibility could it be that 15-year-old girl would tell her parents she had been at a party where kids had been drinking, much less that a boy had attacked her?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You probably got closer than I did Very Happy I would say "What possibility would there be that a 15-year-old girl would tell her parents she had been at a party where kids had been drinking, much less that a boy had attacked her?"
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lorikeet,
Thank you very much.
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