Check (bank cheque, british) Vs Check (to correct)


Is this statement correct in american english:

The bank manager checked the check and found the check us illegal.

asked Aug 08 '12 at 03:43 Gaurav Walia New member

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It is better not to use a single noun(check) and a verb(check) in a sentence.


In India, we write  "cheque".  In America, they write "check"


The bank manager examined the cheque/check  and found it to be fraudulent.

link edited Aug 08 '12 at 04:23 sanjay Expert

Excellent answer, Sanjay. You have my vote. By the way, you might notice that I always say in the US rather than in America. My former significant other was Canadian and I spent some time there. I noticed that some people felt like they were thought of as the other America or second class. In the US, we sometimes refer to ourselves as the "ugly Americans". Those who don't know any better think that the Canadians spell things "wrong." Out of respect fot my Canadian friends, I make sure not to lump them together with the US. In most cases, they use British English spellings and take their cheques to the bank.

Patty TAug 08 '12 at 05:29

Thanks for your appreciation, ma'am.

sanjayAug 08 '12 at 15:08

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Sanjay's rewritten sentence is excellent.  In the US, we might say that he checked the check.  There is nothing grammatically wrong with that.  But when reading, it tends to be less interesting when the same word is used over and over.  Using a different verb for the action of checking (examined) and then replacing the second noun with a pronoun (it) takes care of that problem.  Ending the sentence with to be fraudulent is a good choice as well.  Illegal is a very broad term and fraud is the type of crime one would commit with a check/cheque.

link edited Aug 08 '12 at 05:21 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Thanks a lot for your valuable feedback. My doubts are clear now. :)

Gaurav WaliaAug 08 '12 at 08:00

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