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    Dear forum members:

    I have the following question

    In the sentence:

    The writer takes out a plastic folder from his backpack

    Best Regards, and again thanks

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    Default Re: Takes out a plastic folder

    I have asked you before to give your threads helpful titles.
    I have changed the title of this thread for you.
    Use part of the sentence you are asking about as your thread title.

    If you post any future threads with the same title, or similar titles, they will be deleted.

    You did not ask a question.
    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: Takes out a plastic folder

    Dear Barb_D

    Thanks for your answer

    In my futures threads I will put helpful titles

    In the sentence:

    The writer takes out a plastic folder from his backpack

    Is the grammar ok?

    Best Regards

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    Default Re: Takes out a plastic folder

    You need to end your sentence with a punctuation mark.

    Are you talking about something that happens over and over?
    Or did it happen once?
    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: Takes out a plastic folder

    Dear Barb_D

    Thanks for your answer

    Sorry for not ending the sentence with a punctuation mark. (In the future I will end my sentences with a punctuation mark.)

    In the sentence:

    The writer takes out a plastic folder from his backpack.

    I am talking about something that happen once.

    Best Regard and again thanks

    Best Regards

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    Default Re: Takes out a plastic folder

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikitus View Post
    Dear Barb_D

    Thanks for your answer

    Sorry for not ending the sentence with a punctuation mark. (In the future I will end my sentences with a punctuation mark.)

    In the sentence:

    The writer takes out a plastic folder from his backpack.

    I am talking about something that happen once.

    Best Regard and again thanks

    Best Regards
    Your sentence (with the punctuation) is grammatically correct. However, without context, one cannot tell whether the verb tense is correct.

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    Default Re: Takes out a plastic folder

    Dear Mike:

    First of all, thanks for your answer.

    The context is the following:

    The writer arrives to the meeting with his manager The writer takes out a plastic folder from his backpack. The manager takes the plastic folder and begins reading the essay.

    Is the first meeting between the writer and his manager. (Is not a repetitive action, it happens once).

    Best Regards and again thanks!

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    Default Re: Takes out a plastic folder

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikitus View Post
    Dear Mike:

    First of all, thanks for your answer.

    The context is the following:

    The writer arrives to the meeting with his manager The writer takes out a plastic folder from his backpack. The manager takes the plastic folder and begins reading the essay.

    Is the first meeting between the writer and his manager. (Is not a repetitive action, it happens once).

    Best Regards and again thanks!
    OK. You are writing in the historical present. It is something that happened in the past but the story is being told in the present. This is common in short stories to make the action more vivid..
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 07-Oct-2013 at 05:49. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: Takes out a plastic folder

    Arrives at.
    Usually you don't write essays for your manager. You might right a report. You usually writes essays for your teacher.

    It's more common to tell a story in the past. It is not wrong to use historical present, as Mike has said, but it's not common.
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    Default Re: Takes out a plastic folder

    Dear MikeNewYork and Barb_D

    Thanks for your answers!

    Best Regards!

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