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    Default Do these senteces sound good?

    Do these sentences sound good? If not, could you explain to me what's wrong?

    a 1) For three days I was followed by two cops.
    2) For three days I was watched by two cops.

    b 1) He lived in an old house which would have been demolished the following year.
    2) he lived in an old house he would be demolished the following year.

    c 1) Everybody would be moved in it as soon as it was ready.
    2) Everybody would be housed in it " " " " ".
    3) Everybody would be accomodated in it " " " .

    d) 1) I went back to the hotel, still being followed by the two cops.
    2) I went back to the hotel, still closely followed by the two cops.

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    Default Re: Do these senteces sound good?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Do these sentences sound good? If not, could you explain to me what's wrong?

    a 1) For three days I was followed by two cops. OK.
    2) For three days I was watched by two cops. OK.

    b 1) He lived in an old house which would have been demolished the following year. No.
    2) He lived in an old house he would be demolished the following year. OK.

    c 1) Everybody would be moved into it as soon as it was ready.
    2) Everybody would be housed in it " " " " ".
    3) Everybody would be accommodated in it " " " . All OK.

    d) 1) I went back to the hotel, still being followed by the two cops. OK.
    2) I went back to the hotel, still closely followed by the two cops. OK.
    Bhai.

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    Default Re: Do these senteces sound good?

    Could you explain to me why sentence B1 is incorrect, please?

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    Default Re: Do these senteces sound good?

    Bhai overlooked one slip: .....b2) He lived in an old house he would be demolished the following year.

    He lived in an old house that/which would be demolished...
    he lived in an old house (that/which) he would be demolished...

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    Default Re: Do these senteces sound good?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Could you explain to me why sentence B1 is incorrect, please?
    b 1) He lived in an old house which would have been demolished the following year.
    What do you think it means?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    b 1) He lived in an old house which would have been demolished the following year.
    What do you think it means?
    I want to mean that this guy used to live in that house that will probably be demolished in the future. How can I express this concept, not using the future, but using the conditional?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    I want to mean that this guy used to live in that house that will probably be demolished in the future. How can I express this concept, not using the future, but using the conditional?
    I can't think of a way to do that without using "will" or "going to".
    "He lived in an old house that, if the planners have their way, will be/is going to be knocked down next year".

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