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not in the usual way

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:05 pm
by azz
a. They entered the building not in the usual way. This time, instead of going in through the main entrance, they entered through a small window in the back.

b. They entered the building, not in the usual way. This time, instead of going in through the main entrance, they entered through a small window in the back.


Is either of these grammatically correct?
Are they natural?

Many thanks.

Re: not in the usual way

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2021 12:56 am
by Bobinwales
In (b) I would change the comma to "but".
"They entered the building but not in the usual way".

Re: not in the usual way

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2021 4:02 pm
by tony h
Bobinwales wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 12:56 am In (b) I would change the comma to "but".
"They entered the building but not in the usual way".
I agree. I think both are improved by the inclusion of a "but".