Hi,
I am going to a secondary school as a student teacher. Once I entered an empty classroom during the lunch time, and I found someone had written on the blackboard the following:
At the mid-autumn festival, people walked with lanterns outdoors to celebrate.
Is the sentence grammatically correct? Thanks in advance.

David
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cyberdude wrote on 08 Dec 2004:
Hi, I am going to a secondary school as a student teacher. Once I entered an empty classroom during the ... the blackboard the following: At the mid-autumn festival, people walked with lanterns outdoors to celebrate. Is the sentence grammatically correct?

It doesn't really say what it wants to say. It says that "people walked with their lanterns outdoors" (and they may have been indoors at the time), but it probably wants to say that "on the evening of the mid- autumn festival, people celebrate by gathering outdoors and, each holding a lantern, walking in a procession or parade". I've never seen anyone around here carrying a lantern at any other time or in any other place during the mid-autumn festival.

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cyberdude wrote on 08 Dec 2004:

Hi, I am going to a secondary school as a ... with lanterns outdoors to celebrate. Is the sentence grammatically correct?

It doesn't really say what it wants to say. It says that "people walked with their lanterns outdoors" (and they ... seen anyone around here carrying a lantern at any other time or in any other place during the mid-autumn festival.

Nor have I ever seen a lantern walking, outdoors or in.
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Hi, I am going to a secondary school as a student teacher. Once I entered an empty classroom during the ... following: At the mid-autumn festival, people walked with lanterns outdoors to celebrate. Is the sentence grammatically correct? Thanks in advance.

It doesn't read well, but it does fit perfectly with "written on the blackboard the following" :-)
I would have written :-
...and I found that someone had written this ("the following" if you must) on the blackboard :-
At the mid-autumn festival, people were celebrating by walking outdoors with lanterns.
Which still has a slightly ambiguous flavour, but that is minimised by use of the continuous tense.
Jim
don groves wrote on 08 Dec 2004:
CyberCypher exposited:

cyberdude wrote on 08 Dec 2004: It doesn't really say ... time or in any other place during the mid-autumn festival.

Nor have I ever seen a lantern walking, outdoors or in.

Nor have I, but that isn't what my sentence says. Look again.

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At the mid-autumn festival, people walked with lanterns outdoors to celebrate. Is the sentence grammatically correct?

Yes, it's grammatically correct.
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don groves wrote on 08 Dec 2004:

CyberCypher exposited: Nor have I ever seen a lantern walking, outdoors or in.

Nor have I, but that isn't what my sentence says. Look again.

I wasn't referring to CyberCypher's sentence but to cyberdudes'.
dg (domain=ccwebster)
At the mid-autumn festival, people walked with lanterns outdoors to celebrate. Is the sentence grammatically correct?

Yes, it's grammatically correct.

Agreed.
Adrian
At the mid-autumn festival, people walked with lanterns outdoors to celebrate. Is the sentence grammatically correct? Thanks in advance.

Yes, but the word order is a bit odd. I would have expected "walked outdoors with lanterns".
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