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Dear Ted:

Are the following sentences correct and natural?

1) The prostitute was entertaining a client when the police  BROKE into the room to arrest them both/both of them.

2) The prostitute was entertaining a client when the police  SMASHED into the room to arrest them both/both of them.

If they are both possible, do they have the same meaning?

Thank you very much for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:


Are the following sentences correct and natural?

1) The prostitute was entertaining a client when the police  BROKE into the room to arrest them both/both of them.

2) The prostitute was entertaining a client when the police  SMASHED into the room to arrest them both/both of them.

*** Both are correct and they mean the same thing.  My interpretation is that "broke" means they forced the door open.  However, "smashed" suggests that they did a lot more damage.  I think that #1 is the better sentence.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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