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    Hi all,

    Which one is correct ?

    Last year I went to London, which is ( or was ) the capital of UK ?

    Is this sentence correct - regardless whether you know Cambridge exam or not ?

    I have taken CAE exam many times and got either B or C but I will try again as I need A in writing and speaking

    Many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Last year I went to London, which is ( or was ) the capital of the UK ?
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    Dear Johnson F,

    Thanks for your reply

    how about the second sentence :

    I have taken CAE exam many times and got either B or C but I will try again as I need A in writing and speaking

    Is this sentence correct ?

    Many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    I have taken CAE exam many times and got either B or C but I will try again as I need A in writing and speaking.
    Yes

    We understand either:

    I have taken CAE exam many times and (have) got either B or C

    or:

    I have taken CAE exam many times and got (on each occasion that I took it) either B or C

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnson_F View Post
    Yes

    We understand either:

    I have taken CAE exam many times and (have) got either B or C

    or:

    I have taken CAE exam many times and got (on each occasion that I took it) either B or C

    As an American, I would write

    I have taken the CAE exam many times and got either a B or C.

    Is it British English to leave out the articles in the sentence? I am truly curious about this.

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    Hi everyone!

    Is it Johnson_F?

    To have, or not to have- that is the question. (",)
    Last edited by hfsemilla; 14-Dec-2010 at 04:43. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by johng View Post
    Is it British English to leave out the articles in the sentence? I am truly curious about this.
    It is not. In concentrating on duiter's main question, I simply did not notice this slip. Thanks for pointing it out.

    I feel that the ‘a’ is not absolutely necessary with ‘B’ or ‘C’, but ‘the’ is essential with ‘CAE exam’. If we omit the word ‘exam’, then many people do not use an article:


    I’ve taken/passed/failed FCE/the FCE.
    Last edited by Johnson_F; 14-Dec-2010 at 10:33. Reason: afterthought added

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