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    tough grammar question

    Here is a tough grammar question I've been struggling with. Of the following 2 sentences, which one of them is correct?

    1) Soccer is what the Europeans call "football".

    2) "Football" is what the Europeans call soccer.

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    Re: tough grammar question

    Wow...not only do I suck at math but now apparently I suck at English too!! LOL I think both are correct...however, after careful examination...I don't that that starting a sentence with words in quotes is correct. I also think that in sentence number one football doesn't need to be in quotes. Personally I would change the sentence to read...In America is called Soccer and in Europe it's called football....then all your problems would be solved.

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    Re: tough grammar question

    Thanks for the help, Silly. I'm still not totally sure. I think the problem is that the verb "call" actually has two different meanings. In the first sentence, it means "refer to as". In the second, it means "use as a term for". The difference is subtile, but it is there.

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    Re: tough grammar question

    It's also passive voice and it's better to use the active voice.

    Europeans refer to soccer as football.

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    Re: tough grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by heyang View Post
    Europeans refer to soccer as football.
    That seems to work well.

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    Re: tough grammar question

    or

    Americans refer to football as "soccer"

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    Re: tough grammar question

    LOL - Brits started calling it soccer 1st!! http://g.sports.yahoo.com/soccer/wor...all070110.html

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    Re: tough grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by heyang View Post
    LOL - Brits started calling it soccer 1st!! http://g.sports.yahoo.com/soccer/wor...all070110.html

    All right then.
    Anyway, what does the word soccer mean? Pronounced in my language it means sugar

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