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    Which of the following sentences is acceptable, or which is the best?

    1. On July 15, 1998, in the USA, there were three classmates that encounter a UFO.
    2. On July 15, 1998, in the USA, there were three classmates encountering a UFO.
    3. On July 15, 1988, in the USA, three classmates encountered a UFO.

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    Default Re: there were ... encounter

    1 could be corrected by changing "encounter" to "encountered."
    3 is the best choice.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: there were ... encounter

    Third one i.e On July 15, 1988, in the USA, three classmates encountered a UFO. is most appropriate.

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    Default Re: there were ... encounter

    Quote Originally Posted by alenjones23 View Post
    The third one i.e "On July 15, 1988, in the USA, three classmates encountered a UFO" is the most appropriate.
    #3 is the only natural and grammatically correct one.

    alenjones23 - you may well have seen the other messages that have been addressed to you by now, but we will continue to point out that under the forum guidelines you must indicate if you are not a teacher. I have had to make amendments to your response again.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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