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Does it sound ok in English? A few kids were kidnapped yesterday.What I'm intersted in here is whether the verb to kidnap can colocate with the noun kid? Or a native speaker would consider such a colocation stylistically incorrect?
Sep 18, 2012 7:22 AM
Answers · 5
Actually, it's fine to me. Kids is a very, very common word for children, even if it may also technically mean young goats. It is a little strange to casually say that a few kids were kidnapped, but I don't think that make it bad English per se.
September 18, 2012
Thanks to all!))
September 19, 2012
Not really. "A few kids" is fairly colloquial, but you're reporting an abduction. You'd use "several children". The repetition (kids - kidnapped) sounds a bit sing-song or jokey. We really try to avoid repetition in English. So to answer your question, no they don't collocate.
September 18, 2012
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September 18, 2012
It's ok if you are referring to baby goats:)) Usually a number would be mentioned and the word children would be used: Example: Three children were kidnapped yesterday.
September 18, 2012
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