Here are some example sentences we looked at in class the other day:
A) Dog and Hare made an agreement.
B) It was Dog and Hare who made an agreement.
C) Once there were a dog and a hare who made an agreement.
D) An agreement was made between Dog and Hare.
E) Once there was an agreement made between a dog and a hare.
Do they all mean the same thing? Yeah, they kind of do, right? All of them are about a dog and a hare, and they made an agreement about something.
But can they be used in the same context? I’ll leave that one up to you to figure out, but I’ll give you a hint. Below I’ll give you four contexts, followed by blanks:
1) Let me tell you a story. _________.
2) They couldn’t agree, but after a long time everyone breathed a sigh of relief – _________.
3) No one had known who would take the first steps towards peace, but as soon as they saw them all step out of the meeting tent they all knew. _________.
4) And the next day _________.
Here’s your job. Try to see which sentences above (A-E) could fit in which blanks below (1-4). Can they all fit in any of the slots? Can certain ones only fit in certain slots? Is there one sentence that could fit into more slots than others? Can you think of other good contexts where certain sentences would fit and others wouldn’t fit? And the big question – why do you think that certain contexts “work” for certain ways of expressing the same information, while other ones don’t?
Try it out and leave your answers below in the comments. It will be interesting to see whether or not people generally agree!