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Hi

Do you find the following sentences natural, especially the yellow parts? Any suggestion is welcome.

The meeting had just started when I discovered a very bad headache, mixed with nausia.

The meeting had just started when I developed a very bad headache, mixed with nausia.

Thanks,

Tom
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dimsumexpress
My curiosity is: is this syntactically equivalent to "a turkey is cooking in the oven"? This certainly paints a rather comical picture, doesn't it?


Not to me. "a turkey is cooking in the oven" seems fine.
Fandorin"more search option" dialogue is futzing around.
It likes to futz! Emotion: smile

CJ
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Hi

Can I also say:

The meeting had hardly started when I developed a bad headache mixed with nausea.

Thanks,

Tom
Tom,

I clicked on the link and read the corresponding threads. This is how I would sum it up. I picked up a false notion that natives would have a deeper and better knowledge of grammar than foreigner learners. If it is a valid assumption, then I certainly would disagree. Natives, I agree, are more idiomatically equipped than learners and more in tune of what sounds correct and what doesn't, but not necessarily grammatically or linguistically more superior than learners. I don't mean to trigger reactions but that is how I see it. That being said, there is an invisible line separating what is conversationally acceptable and what is grammatically equitable. As far as the ergative contexts is concerned, "I heard the music (playing) in your room" is understnood to be be sounds of the music coming out from your room. And in my example: "a turkey is (cooking) in the oven" is understood as "being cooked" because of the syntactical relevance in the context (conversation).

It's like saying "I saw a brown UPS truck driving down the road, running through a couple of stop signs. We should have no problem understing the meaning of the passage. But if we examine the structure of the sentence, it actually meant: the truck was driven down the road by the driver who ran the stop sign. That's why I thought the turkey cooking in the oven is comical.
Mr. TomCan I also say:

The meeting had hardly started when I developed a bad headache mixed with nausea.
Yes. A lovely sentence about an unlovely experience.

Emotion: smile
CJ
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My special thanks to all of you!

CJ, one last question.

Should I understand that "just" and "hardly" are essentially synonymous here? In both cases, the meeting was in its initial stage, right?

Thanks again,

Tom
Mr. TomShould I understand that "just" and "hardly" are essentially synonymous here? In both cases, the meeting was in its initial stage, right?
Yes, yes, yes. Exactly.

CJ