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    Please help with these sentences

    I have to name the sentence structure and a brief description of the use.
    I have my answers but the answers I have are not correct.

    Thanks again.

    When I arrived she had left.
    I put- past perfect?
    use: describing two actions that were both completed in the past

    Why don't we buy him a book?
    I put- present simple
    use: using "don't to ask why a question. But I don't understand what the teacher wants.

    I am used to eating hot food.
    I put- present continuous but this is wrong
    use: to show habit and familiarity but this was marked wrong too.

    Please help!

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    Re: Please help with these sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by clsummerhill View Post
    I have to name the sentence structure and a brief description of the use.
    I have my answers but the answers I have are not correct.

    Thanks again.

    When I arrived she had left.
    I put- past perfect?
    use: describing two actions that were both completed in the past

    Why don't we buy him a book?
    I put- present simple
    use: using "don't to ask why a question. But I don't understand what the teacher wants.

    I am used to eating hot food.
    I put- present continuous but this is wrong
    use: to show habit and familiarity but this was marked wrong too.

    Please help!
    I find it very hard to help you here because I cannot understand exactly where your teacher is coming from.

    Is this for a high school or a college course? How old is your teacher? In the USA I would not be too surprised to find that if you teacher is younger than about 40, he or she may well not really know his or her grammar and syntax.

    I would help if I could understand better what is being asked.

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    Re: Please help with these sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by clsummerhill View Post
    When I arrived she had left......I put- past perfect?
    use: describing two actions that were both completed in the past
    The past perfect is often used for one event in the past completed before a later past event.

    Why don't we buy him a book?.....I put- present simple
    use: using "don't to ask why a question. But I don't understand what the teacher wants.
    It's the present simple. This could be a question about why an action does not take place. It could also be a suggestion about a future action. That will depend on the context.

    I am used to eating hot food......I put- present continuous but this is wrong
    use: to show habit and familiarity but this was marked wrong too.
    It is not the present continuous. It is the present tense of 'be' + 'used to', which is followed by the -ing form of the verb.
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    Re: Please help with these sentences

    Do you suppose that your teacher, in asking for the sentence structure, is asking for the "part of the sentence", in which case, a term like "subject" or "predicate" is going to be called for, not the tense of the verb?

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