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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    1a. I found (that) there is a mistake. (OK)
    1b. I found (that) there was a mistake (made by someone). (OK)

    b. = Passive construction. The passive focuses on the object, the mistake, and takes the focus off the subject, the person who made the mistake.

    2. How did you know (that) I was here ? (OK)
    Meaning, How did you know that I would be here now?

    3. Don't let nobody touch it (the dial). That is my favorite radio (show)."
    Better, Don't let anyone touch it.

    Single negative
    do not (negative) + any one (positive) grammatical

    casiopea:

    why not using " how did you know I will be here?"
    by the way, I saw a TV show last night , in the show, a girl said: " Mom said we're going to need some apple " is this right ? could you please explain it to me ?

    Double-negative
    do not (negative) + nobody (negative) ungrammatical

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    Quote Originally Posted by joetmh
    i found out Caseopia is a teacher... and Ronbee is an expert...
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    • (Say: "Does it make any difference?")


    You're the expert in my books.

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    Why not use "How did you know I will be here?"
    'will be here' refers to the Future. I am here now, in the Present.

    By the way, I saw a TV show last night and in the show, a girl said, "Mom said we're going to need some apples." Is this right? Could you please explain it to me?
    It's right. But you should add punctuation if it's direct speech:

    Mom: "We are going to need some apples."
    Sue: "Ok. I will buy some."
    Tom: "What did Mom say?"
    Sue: "Mom said, 'We are going to need some apples'."

    If it's indirect speech, don't use punctuation:

    Mom: "The family is going to need apples."
    Sue: "Ok. I will buy some."
    Tom: "What did Mom say?"
    Sue: "Mom said we are going to need some apples.

    we are going to need some apples is not exactly what Mom said, so don't use quotation marks ("..").

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by joetmh
    i found out Caseopia is a teacher... and Ronbee is an expert...
    but both have 6 stars... does it makes any different? just ask actually... hehe... :)
    We are a team. :D Questions come in all shapes and sizes, as do their Answers. That's why we have different kinds of helpers on this board. We want to meet everyone's needs as best we can, so we offer more than one way of looking at and approaching grammar. :D

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    • I keep learning things from Casiopea all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
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    So, is seven the limit? (I want another one.)

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