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    You can take it away vs. You can take away it

    I'm doing this pre-Delta task and one of the question is as follows:
    2. Certainly. Here’s our brochure. You can take away it.

    a) Underline the errors
    b) Write the corrections
    c) Give a possible reason for the errors

    Now obviously it should read You can take it away. But can someone explain the rule behind that or at least point me in the right direction? That'd be much much appreciated.

    Thanks a lot.

    Edit: I've got another example and I'd be grateful if you could have a quick look to see whether my explanation is ok:


    1. Do you have got any money?

    b) Have you got any money?
    c) This error is probably due to the fact that learners are taught they need an auxiliary such as do, am or have in order to form a question. There are essentially two ways to form this question:
    1. Have you got any money?
    2. Do you have any money?
    Both options are grammatically correct but some regions prefer one version over the other. In this example, the learner obviously confused and mixed up the two versions.
    Last edited by ametisto; 30-Dec-2012 at 12:39. Reason: addition

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    Re: You can take it away vs. You can take away it

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Quote Originally Posted by ametisto View Post
    I'm doing this pre-Delta task and one of the question is as follows:
    2. Certainly. Here’s our brochure. You can take away it.

    a) Underline the errors
    b) Write the corrections
    c) Give a possible reason for the errors

    Now obviously it should read You can take it away. But can someone explain the rule behind that or at least point me in the right direction? That'd be much much appreciated.
    It's just the usual word order. I'm not sure if much more can be said about this.

    Quote Originally Posted by ametisto View Post
    Edit: I've got another example and I'd be grateful if you could have a quick look to see whether my explanation is ok:


    1. Do you have got any money?

    b) Have you got any money?
    c) This error is probably due to the fact that learners are taught they need an auxiliary such as do, am or have in order to form a question. There are essentially two ways to form this question:
    1. Have you got any money?
    2. Do you have any money?
    Both options are grammatically correct but some regions prefer one version over the other. In this example, the learner obviously confused and mixed up the two versions.
    There are three possible ways to ask this questions:

    1) Do you have any money? (Used in BrE and AmE.)
    2) Have you got any money? (Rarely used in AmE though very common in BrE.)
    3) Have you any money? (Grammatical, though this construction is rarely used nowadays.)

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    Re: You can take it away vs. You can take away it

    I can understand learner's confusion these days with your second example. Teaching people the verb "to have got" instead of "to have" leads to such problems when trying to construct the negative or the interrogative.

    The verb "to have got" had started to be taught in Spain while I was there and caused much confusion. I ended up teaching my students the two different versions and that they would just have to memorise them.

    I have a car.
    I do not have a car.
    I don't have a car.
    Do you have a car?

    I have got a car.
    I have not got a car.
    I haven't got a car.
    Have you got a car?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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