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    "I could to do"



    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Their mother Mrs. Wang remembers, "People always pointed at my children and other kids made fun of them and hated them just because they were deaf. They were so embarrassed that they cried. It always broke my heart Ė and there was never anything I could to do change things!"
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    Is it possible to use the past tense with always or never?

    Does "I could to do" make sense? Donít we need a verb in the base form after a modal verb?

    Thank you,

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    Re: "I could to do"

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    It should be '...and there was never anything I could do to change things!'

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Thank you,
    Is there any reason why you always put a comma after 'Thank you'?

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    Re: "I could to do"



    Dear Friend,

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    Thank you for your question, CS. I do receive emails such the above one from native English speakers using a comma after "Thank you." I think it is a style. But if it goes against your wishes, I will not use that style any more.

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    Re: "I could to do"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    I think it is a style.
    No, we don't end sentences with a comma. In your e-mail 'Thank you,' is most likely followed by a name. In that case it's a valediction.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 13-Jan-2013 at 19:00. Reason: removed an unnecessary comma

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