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How can I understand them? Please read the sentence firstly: A British man has been arrested by Massachusetts State Police after he allegedly started assaulting his wife on board a flight from London to Texas - forcing the flight crew to divert the plane to Boston. In the sentense, the words ' a flight from London to Texas ', I think, is to explicate word ' board '. If it is so, why isn't there a word, ' that', between ' board ' and ' a flight from London to Texas '? In addition, the words, ' forcing the flight crew to divert the plane to Boston ', means the behavior happened when the man was assaulting his wife. So why dose the sentence use it ' - ' ? Why isn't it written like this: ...after he allegedly started assaulting his wife on board a flight from London to Texas forcing the flight crew to divert the plane to Boston.?
Jul 11, 2015 9:12 AM
Answers · 5
Flight from London to Texas is in reference to the word flight not board. So if you were going to use a comma it would go at: ...a flight, from London to Texas, ... I don't know if the dash could still be properly used after the comma. Dash A dash is an informal device telling the reader the that sentence is beginning a new but related thought. When the new idea is done it should be closed with another dash or a period.
July 11, 2015
They used it in replacement of a comma. Some news articles due to and it's usually used to add emphasis to the situation. I personally find it one of those tricky grammar things that are a pain to learn.
July 11, 2015
Sean, did you read the sentence firstly? There is not a comma between between ' board ' and ' a flight from London to Texas '!!!
July 11, 2015
Please read the sentence firstly: A British man has been arrested by Massachusetts State Police after he allegedly started assaulting his wife on board, a flight from London to Texas - forcing the flight crew to divert the plane to Boston.
July 11, 2015
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