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    Re: maturita 1 - lifestyles and hobbies

    14) lose weight

    15) I am going to explain the difference between hobbies and leisure activities.


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    As to question number 13:

    I wrote: 13)
    Öand if they should have also sew or knit, they would soon go to a madhouse, although they might consider it as a hobby.

    I think I should have written: Ö.should have sewed or knitÖ, havenít I?


    you answered:13) have sewn is correct. It's the present perfect: HAVE + past participle.

    !!! My question: I read and learned that past participle of "to sew" is both "sewn" and "sewed". I have been looking for it in my dictionaries and they just say the same.
    Does it mean that we can say also "should have sewed" ?
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    The verbs "sew" and "knit" are irregular verbs, and they have the following past participle forms (pick the ones you like):

    sew: sewn, sewed (either "have sewn" or "have sewed")
    knit: knit, knitted (either "have knit" or "have knitted")

    Check out this comprehensive list of irregular verbs for North American English: http://www.pbs.org/speak/speech/verbmachine/irregular/

    I think I should have written: Ö.should have sewed or knitÖ, havenít I?
    It works, yes. By the way, the tag for that sentence is "shouldn't I?", like this,

    EX: I should have written that, shouldn't (have) I? (formal)
    EX: I should have written that, shouldn't've I? (informal)
    EX: I should have written that, right? (easier to remember)


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    #14

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    Thank you, Casiopea.... these sites (www.usingenglish.com) really help me.

    I know it may sound stupid, but I was reading the essay again (as I have to speak about it in front of the class tomorrow) and I found another (possible) mistake.
    I wrote: So, to start with an explanation OF what actually hobbies mean for us, I suppose everyone all round the world fills his or her spare time with his or her hobbies.
    (I wrote the "OF" at the moment.) Is it correct with/without "OF"?

    Thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks!


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    May we use verb DEVOTE TO also in the meaning of giving something to somebody?
    E.g. I devoted a nice gift the her.
    She was devoted a nice gift from me.

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    I don't know that I'd ever say 'It's a nicely flowered garden', though there is nothing wrong with the stucture of the sentence.
    More likely to say 'It's a nice, flowery garden', but even that sounds strained to an English ear.
    Try 'It's a garden with lovely flowers'.
    Last edited by Jenny 7; 06-Nov-2005 at 18:16.


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    Thanks :)
    But what about my "post" number 15? (which is connected with "to devote to")
    Is it correct?

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    I devoted a nice gift to her.
    She was devoted a nice gift from me.

    Yes, you can say both.


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    hi there I think it would be grammatical to write thatís a piece of the bright side of life. instead of the following sentence. I wonder if I am right.

    We can whenever change our lives Ė thatís is a piece of the bright side of life.


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    Hi, I think the following sentence is also incorrect:

    I think we can difference two sorts of people.

    I think we can make a difference between two sorts of people.


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