See above.Could you tell me if the following sentences are correct?
1.It`s a fortnight since he beat his foe.
Should I use `It has been a fortnight since ...` or is the first sentence correct?
I certainly prefer "It's been a fortnight since..."
2. Even though the police have fined the drivers who have exceeded speed limit of late, I had better much more drastic measures had been taken. - I had better sounds weird to me. Instead, I`d say: ....they should have taken much more drastic measures.
That part of the sentence is completely wrong! I would say it should read "I would prefer it if much more drastic measures had been taken" or "I would rather that much more drastic measures be taken".
3. They must be rolling in it. Have you seen that beautiful house they live in?
I`m not sure about the verb "rolling in". Isn`t it rather ambiguous?
In BrE, not at all ambiguous within the right context. "Rolling in it" means having a lot of money.
4. Mind you don`t say a word until you have heard my signal.
In my opinion this last sentence is wrong regarding the use of don`t...after mind. It sounds odd to me too.
How could I rephrase this last sentence?
Mind that: don`t say a word... (No) or
Mind not to say a word (No) ... - I am confused
There's nothing wrong with the original. "Mind" = "make sure that" or "be careful that".
Mind you don't fall down the stairs.
Mind you don't swear when you're talking to the Queen.
Thank you very much in advance.