Are the sentences given below correct and if not then what are the correct answers?I hope the rain holds ON until my washing is dry.2-Children you must clear UP the mess .3-The two brothers fell...

Are the sentences given below correct and if not then what are the correct answers?

I hope the rain holds ON until my washing is dry.2-Children you must clear UP the mess .3-The two brothers fell OFF over their fathers' will.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

At least in American English, the first and third sentences do not sound right.  The second one is correct. I would emphasize that both of the "mistakes" are issues of how we use the language so if you are not in the US, my sentences might not be right for you.

In US English, you would say "I hope the rain holds OFF until my washing is dry."  "Hold off" means to wait to do something.

You would also say that the brothers "fell OUT" over the will.  To "fall out" means, in this context, to stop liking or agreeing with one another.

But please do remember that these are figures of speech and may be used differently in different "kinds" of English.

readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are the answers:

1. I hope that the rain holds off until my washing is dry. The idiom is "holds off."

2. Children, you must clean up the mess. Notice that it is better to say "clean up," rather than "clear up."

3. The two brothers had a fall out over their father's will. Notice two points here. (1) had a fall out is better than fall out; however you can say, "fell out." (2) Also it is "father's," not "fathers'."

Good luck.

lit24 | Student

1. The correct sentence should read:

I hope the rain holds off until my washing is dry.

2. The second sentence 'children you must clear up the mess.' is correct.

3.The correct sentence should read:

The two brothers fell out over their father's will.

You should refer to the Longman's Dictionary of Contemporary English which will clear your doubts about correct usage.