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    I noticed that the whole casino area is quite. I have been to Vegas and I think itís more fun to gamble there.

    Is the underlined word correct? Thanks!

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    Default Re: Help about Grammar

    As an NES but not a teacher, your text sounds fine to me, but I expect you meant "quiet" rather than "quite".
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    Default Re: Help about Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by dodge08 View Post
    I noticed that the whole casino area is quiet.
    Normally, both verbs in this sentence should be in past tense ("noticed/was") to show that all of the action/experience is completed, and that maybe the casino isn't always quiet but that it was at the moment you noticed...

    The way it's written above, it means that you noticed (in the past tense) that the casino is [present habitual: always - implied: all of the time] quiet.

    The tense of your verb can really affect the meaning, so choose carefully!

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    Yes, It should be quiet, I misspelled that. Thanks for the correction.
    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    As an NES but not a teacher, your text sounds fine to me, but I expect you meant "quiet" rather than "quite".
    Regards
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    Thanks for tge quick reply!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodge08 View Post
    Thanks for tge quick reply!
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    ***NOT A TEACHER***
    Quote Originally Posted by mayita1usa View Post
    Normally, both verbs in this sentence should be in past tense ("noticed/was") to show that all of the action/experience is completed, and that maybe the casino isn't always quiet but that it was at the moment you noticed...

    The way it's written above, it means that you noticed (in the past tense) that the casino is [present habitual: always - implied: all of the time] quiet.

    The tense of your verb can really affect the meaning, so choose carefully!
    No. We can also use the present tense in the second part.

    See:

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    My choice of hobby, cooking, was influenced by my grandmother, who is good at making delicious food.
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...-see-hear.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    ***NOT A TEACHER***
    No. We can also use the present tense in the second part.
    See:
    I never said we can't use present tense in the second part.

    What I said was that you have to be careful which tense you choose because it can change the meaning significantly. In the OP's example, it's the difference between a temporary state and a habitual state; in the example you provided, it's the difference between whether the grandmother is alive or dead.

    See?

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