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Is this sentence grammatically correct?

They kept their eyes peeled and ears pricked for any sign of intruders.

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  • 2 months ago
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    Yes, but the meaning is confusing. The dictionary second definition of pricked is "(especially of a horse or dog) make (the ears) stand erect when on the alert". "the dog's tail was wagging and her ears were pricked"

    I'd re-write it to say "They kept their eyes peeled and listened carefully for any sign of intruders."

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The way you used the word "pricked" is archaic and not commonly used anymore. I would also avoid use of the word because it has an entirely different meaning in common vernacular. 

  • 2 months ago

    Yes, your sentence is grammatically correct.

    The fact that it's a bit clunky is irrelevant. The fact that at least one answerer isn't familiar with the use of the adjective "pricked" (which is very commonly used to describe a dog's upright ears) is also irrelevant.

    Grammatically and syntactically the sentence is correct.

  • 2 months ago

    English sentences must be written with a start, a middle and a ending an you have a weak ending...using, "the intruders" will give a better ending stop to the sentence but you could help the reader by adding a "why" using "because, that could, from, in the hope...in creating the why like using "intruders because the Youmuness is one dangerous sneaky creature......

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  • 2 months ago

    We don'y say that about the ears, "pricked".

    "Keep your eyes and ears open".

  • 2 months ago

    Yes, it's correct.

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