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Tell wrong from right or right from wrong?

 
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crliu



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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2003 1:07 pm    Post subject: Tell wrong from right or right from wrong? Reply with quote

I think parents should teach their children how to tell wrong from right.

Is this sentence correct? Thanks in advance.
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bud



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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2003 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it's correct but I never heard anyone say it that way. Usually it is said "... right from wrong."
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marksesl



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2003 7:46 pm    Post subject: wrong from right Reply with quote

It would seem that reversing "right from wrong" to "wrong from right" kind of reverses the meaning. We want to emphasize what is "right" not what is "wrong." Consiquently, "right" is always said first.

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