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    One of these must demonstrates proper word usage. Which one?

    1. Certainly the most emotional portion of a wedding is the moment the bride appears to walk down the atrium to meet her groom.

    2. Because of his fear of heights, John felt sure that he would be a poltroon if he had to skydrive.
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    Re: Sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Julienovich
    One of these (no must) demonstrates proper word usage. Which one?

    1. Certainly the most emotional portion of a wedding is the moment the bride appears to walk down the atrium to meet her groom.

    2. Because of his fear of heights, John felt sure that he would be a poltroon if he had to skydrive.

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    Re: Sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Julienovich
    One of these must demonstrates proper word usage. Which one?

    1. Certainly the most emotional portion of a wedding is the moment the bride appears to walk down the atrium to meet her groom.

    2. Because of his fear of heights, John felt sure that he would be a poltroon if he had to skydrive.
    Not a native speaker here, so my opinion is subject to correction, but #1 looks fishy to me. First, "portion of a wedding" doesn't sound right. "Part of a wedding" is much better. Then, there are no atriums in present-day churhes. These days, a bride goes down the aisle to meet her groom .

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    Re: Sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by fortheether
    Quote Originally Posted by Julienovich
    One of these (no must) demonstrates proper word usage. Which one?
    I guess he meant "...is supposed to demonstrate"

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    Is the second sentence correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Julienovich
    Is the second sentence correct?
    да! Но, "poltroon" редко употребляется. Первый раз слышу.

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    Thank you!
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    Thank you!
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    I agree with translations.nm.ru about sentence 1.
    Sentence 2 should presumably be skydive. Poltroon is an archaic word used occasionally still by a UK TV personality who refers to "a whey faced poltroon."
    ...felt sure he would look a wuss if he had to skydive - maybe in modern idiom or
    he would bottle out if he had to skydive.
    or simply - he would be a coward if....

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    Very strange test. Somuch archaic words!
    Please, can You correct, if I have made mistakes.

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    So many archaic words indeed!
    It is good to keep old words in use, but poltroon would certainly seem odd to most of the UK population nowadays.
    Of course language is constantly evolving and changing in usage, sometimes quite drastically - gay - for example.

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