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as was ordered

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 1:21 am
by azz
a. I don't have a big blue box, as was ordered. But I have a big red one.
b. I don't have a big blue box, as ordered. But I have a big red one.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct and comprehensible?

A big blue box was ordered. I don't have one. But I have a big red box.

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c. I don't have a box as ordered. I have other kinds of boxes.
d. I don't have a box as was ordered. I have other kinds of boxes.


Is the above sentence grammatically correct and comprehensible?

I don't have a box with the specifications in the order, but I have other kinds of boxes.

Many thanks

Re: as was ordered

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 10:05 pm
by Bobinwales
Well, yes, but a native speaker would not say that.
I would be more inclined to:
"I don't have the big blue box that I ordered, but I do have a big red one".

Re: as was ordered

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 1:02 am
by trolley
This native listener was left wondering who had ordered the box. Was Azz the vendor and someone had ordered a blue box from him but he only had a red one to offer? Had Azz tried to order a blue box from someone but received a red one instead?

Re: as was ordered

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 11:15 am
by azz
Thank you both so much.

Azz happens to be a 'she', but apparently she asks questions like a man! Everybody makes that mistake Trolley and I don't mind. No worries.

Trolley, your reply is great. I hadn't thought of that possibility at all!

Many thanks.

Re: as was ordered

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 6:50 pm
by trolley
My apologies, Azz. I don't even know why I made that assumption. Many years ago, when I first started coming to the clubhouse, I subconsciously created an image of the various members. This was based on their names and some other clues that I must've picked up along they way...where they were from, their (apparent) age, how they responded, etc. I have since seen a few photos of a few of them, none of whom looked anything like my mental image. I have no doubt that the others, Ken, Steve, Erik, Phil bear no resemblance to the picture I assigned them. I know what Bob and WoZ look like, and I will make a note that you are female but I'm afraid I just can't change anyone's picture, at this stage of the game :)

Re: as was ordered

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 10:10 pm
by azz
Absolutely no need for apologies. I do the exact same thing you do and the same thing has happened to me. Once someone thought my husband was a woman. He found the whole thing very amusing. He claims that he's been trying to write like a woman for years, because women are better at describing things and paying attention to details etc.