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    Default Please correct my english

    Are these sentences right?


    The children have been happy since their dad has returned home.

    She knew that I could have already checked the homework.

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    Default Re: Please correct my english

    Quote Originally Posted by malta22 View Post
    Are these sentences right?


    The children have been happy since their dad has returned home.

    She knew that I could have already checked the homework.
    For the first one, "since" works better when you refer to a specific point in the past - the date when their father returned home.
    The second one is possible. What situation do you mean to describe?
    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: Please correct my english

    Thanks Barb D for you reply.

    The second sentence shows a situation.

    Someone had a difficulty about the homework. She called me late in the evening because she knew that at that hour my homework would be already done.

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    Default Re: Please correct my english

    Then I suggest you replace "could" with "would" in your sentence, and replace "checked" with "completed."

    She knew that I would have already completed the homework.
    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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