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    Question GRAMMAR PROBLEMS

    Dear friends...
    It's not my homework but it's a question that I have on my student's book.I really don't understand this exercise and I'm asking your help.I missed this class and now we are on vacations.
    I have to complete this sentence with present perfect, present perfect continuous or past simple form of the verbs in parentheses, plus for,since,yet or still where possible and/or necessary.
    **I(not go) to the fairground________ages,thought I don’t suppose it (change)very much_____my parents(take)me there back in the 1980s.**
    My answer is... I haven’t gone to the fairground for ages, though I don’t suppose it has changed very much since my parents took me there back in the 1980s.
    The problem is : "I haven't gone" is wrong?
    Thank you so much.
    Best wishes.
    Marcelle
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    Default Re: GRAMMAR PROBLEMS

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Hello,
    Your choices seem good to me.
    However, I have a problem with "thought".Are you fully sure the word belongs there?
    Something like "because" would make more sense in my opinion.

    I haven't gone to the fairground for ages because I don't suppose it has changed very much since my parents took me there back in the 1980s.

    What do you think?

    And who says "haven't gone" is wrong?
    Another option would be "I haven't been going", but I don't see a reason not to use "I haven't gone".

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: GRAMMAR PROBLEMS

    Marcelle: Your sentence is correct.
    Nightmare85: "Haven't been going" wouldn't work with "for ages". And I don't see "thought" in Marcelle's sentence.

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    Default Re: GRAMMAR PROBLEMS

    Good to know.

    Does "Haven't been going" work with "since", or is this a completely different topic?
    I had a similar question regarding that topic some weeks ago.
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...vent-been.html
    (Maybe it's the same rule. - I guess so.)

    marcelle.an edited the post, that's why you don't see "thought"

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: GRAMMAR PROBLEMS

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    However, I have a problem with thought.Are you fully sure the word belongs there?Something like because would make more sense in my opinion.Cheers!
    That's just a typo. it's though, not thought.
    Last edited by chester_100; 14-Jun-2010 at 02:45.

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    I think I would have said "I haven't been." But you had to use a form of "to go"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Hi...
    I don't want to bore you but I have another question: May I answer with "haven't been gone"?
    It's very kind of you to help me Nightmare85,billmcd,chester_100 and Barb_D. .
    Best wishes...Marcelle

    Yes,I edited the post!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I think I would have said "I haven't been." But you had to use a form of "to go"?

    Yes,I have to answer with to go!!!
    Tks...Marcelle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Good to know.


    marcelle.an edited the post, that's why you don't see "thought"

    Cheers!
    Yes,I did it!!!!!

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    Default Re: GRAMMAR PROBLEMS

    Quote Originally Posted by marcelle.an View Post
    Hi...
    I don't want to bore you but I have another question: May I answer with "haven't been gone"?
    No.

    If you are away from home, you can say "I haven't been gone long" to refer to the short period of time you have been away FROM home.

    You cannot say "I haven't been gone long" TO somewhere.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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