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    The water tank

    Hi teachers,

    Please correct my following paragraph.

    (1) The water tank constructed on the top of the XXX hill has been completed a few weeks ago and inhabitants of the area are getting water (I mean through pipe) from it at their homes. Their tanks were seen filled with water. However, water was also seen being wasted and flowing on the roads. They should turn over off the tap (I don't know the correct English of that thingy installed in the tank) installed in the tanks.

    (2) The XXX weather has been pleasant-light rain accompanied by thundering and lightning.


    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: The water tank

    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem Afzal View Post
    Hi teachers,

    Please correct my following paragraph.

    (1) The water tank constructed on the top of the XXX hill was completed a few weeks ago. Inhabitants of the area are getting water piped from it to their homes, and their tanks are now filled with water. However, in some cases, water is overflowing from these home tanks, and has been seen running on to the roads. To prevent this waste, everyone should monitor the level of water in their tank, and turn off the installed stop-cock when necessary.

    (2) The XXX weather has been pleasant, with light rain accompanied by thundering and lightning.


    Many thanks in advance.

    I hope this helps. The XXX weather doesn't sound very pleasant to me!!
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    Re: The water tank

    Thank you very much, Grumpy, :)

    I would like to ask something so at to avoid mistakes in future.

    1) Why did you use '"was" not "has been"? Do we have to use past tense when we use "ago"?
    2) Can I use "receive" instead of "getting water"?
    3) Can one use "houses" instead of "homes" here?
    4) If I use "on the roads" instead of "on to the roads", does it still make sense?
    5) The Dadyal weather or The Dadyal's weather?

    Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem Afzal View Post
    Thank you very much, Grumpy, :)

    I would like to ask something so at to avoid mistakes in future.

    1) Why did you use '"was" not "has been"? Do we have to use past tense when we use "ago"? Yes. If you wanted to use "has been", you would have to phrase it as "has been completed for a few weeks".
    2) Can I use "receive" instead of "getting water"? Yes. You can use "receiving water".
    3) Can one use "houses" instead of "homes" here? Yes.
    4) If I use "on the roads" instead of "on to the roads", does it still make sense? Yes.
    5) The Dadyal weather or The Dadyal's weather? You may use either.

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    Thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem Afzal View Post
    5) The Dadyal weather or The Dadyal's weather?
    In my opinion, you can't use the possessive and the definite article. According to the net, Dadyal is a town so:

    - The Dadyal weather has been pleasant.
    - Dadyal's weather has been pleasant.

    To confirm it in my head, I substituted London:

    - The London weather has been pleasant.
    - London's weather has been pleasant.

    Personally, I would say "The weather in Dadyal ..."
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In my opinion, you can't use the possessive and the definite article. According to the net, Dadyal is a town so:

    - The Dadyal weather has been pleasant.
    - Dadyal's weather has been pleasant.

    To confirm it in my head, I substituted London:

    - The London weather has been pleasant.
    - London's weather has been pleasant.

    Personally, I would say "The weather in Dadyal ..."
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    You are absolutely right, of course. I missed seeing the "The" in the second option, and assumed it read only "Dayal's weather".
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