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  1. yokone

    yokone Member

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    Is this a grammatically correct sentence?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by yokone, Oct 9, 2012.

    Hi,

    Is it correct?

    They all dimensions close to a millimeter.

    If it is not, what s the correct form?

    Thanks beforehand...
     
  2. Pheonix

    Pheonix A Singer of Space Operas and The Fourth Mod of RP Staff Contributor

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    I don't understand what you're trying to say.

    "They are all dimensions close to a millimeter"?

    Maybe if you posted some context it would help.
     
  3. yokone

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    we have 10 little boxes and each box, of course has 3 dimensions. So if we are trying to say all boxes' all dimensions are close to a millimeter in size, will that be true to tell the sentence I posted above?
     
  4. shadowwalker

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    Each dimension of all the boxes are close to a millimeter in size.
     
  5. Pheonix

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    What Shadowalker said, or, "All dimensions are close to a millimeter." or, "The dimensions of each box are about a millimeter."
     
  6. Fivvle

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    The dimensions of each box are close to a millimeter in size.
    I think that works.
     
  7. mammamaia

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    that still doesn't make good enough sense, isn't specific enough to let the reader picture it... what you seem to be trying to say is something like:

     
  8. DanesDarkLand

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    It truly depends on the surrounding text. If this is a stand alone sentence, then Mama's suggestion is correct. If your surrounding text is something like this -

    My friends and I, ten people in total, each possess a cardboard box that are nearly identical. The dimensions for each box are within a millimeter of the others.

    See? Its your context that gives you the style. The first one was pretty bad though. They all? Not correct as a stand alone sentence, or even in context.
     
  9. shadowwalker

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    Actually, now that I look at it again, it should be "Each dimension of all the boxes is close to a millimeter in size." :redface:

    Carry on...
     

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