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    Default Several questions

    1. From now on
    -From now on I'll try to put in more hours to improve this skill.
    -From now on I'll be trying to put in more hours to improve this skill.
    Are both these sentences correct? If so, is there any difference between them? There seems to be a slight difference between them but I'm not too sure.

    2. by now
    I can't understand why my English textbook says that the following sentence is correct:
    -I suppose the letter will have been delivered by now.

    If I was the author of this sentence I might say:
    -I suppose the letter will have been delivered by that time/moment.
    Or I might change future perfect to present perfect. My dictionary says 'by now' means 'up to the present time', which does not clear up my confusion.

    3. still
    -There are still such a lot of things to learn.
    -There are such a lot of things still tp learn.
    Which of the sentences sounds more natural to you or are they both equally natural?

    4. ...I spent the weekend in my country cottage with my relatives. I had a good time there. My uncle allowed me to drive his new car. The last time I drove a car was about a year and a half ago, so I enjoyed driving a car a lot.
    Is the sentence in bold correct? If I change (I mean if I change the past simple to the past perfect) the first part of it sounds odd to me

    Thank you...

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    Default Re: Several questions

    1 Both are correct. The second sounds as if the decision has been made earlier.
    2 This is correct in British English, but I have seen American speakers criticise the usage. In BrE, we use the future perfect for assumptions about actions that have been completed now.
    He always gets home by 5. It's 5 now: He'll have got home by now.
    3 Slight shift of emphasis. I think the first would be more common.
    4 We often don't bother with the past perfect when the meaning is clear.

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    Default Re: Several questions

    Your answers were comprehensive, so I haven't got any more questions to ask Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: Several questions

    You're welcome. I rembering being surprised when an American speaker classed a 'will hav done by now' sentence as an error as it sounded perfectly natural to me.

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    Default Re: Several questions

    Even though you explained why that sentence is correct it still sounds somewhat odd to me. But I'm not a AmE speaker Incidentally, how do you watch American films? Is it interesting for a BrE speaker to watch an American film? Directors don't seem to try to make their films be good enough for both Americans and the English, do they?

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