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    Dear Teachers and mothertongue speakers
    I had to replace some ordinary verbs with some phrasal verbs but I didn't have any clues to help me...I tried to do the test anyway...can you please tell me if the sentence make sense and if a native speaker would ever say them this way?

    1)You should complete this form and return it with you payment.

    And I wrote: You have to fill in this form and send it back with your payment.
    2)My father has abandoned his attempt to get the university to abolish tuition fees.
    And I wrote: My dad has given up going to university to do away with the tuition fees.
    3) It was necessary to reduce our spending after we discovered that oru rent was increasing.
    And I wrote: We had to cut back on our spending after we found out that our rent was going up.
    4)Please observe local customs at the temple and remove your shoes before entering.
    And I wrote: Please pay attention to local customs at the temple and take off your shoes before going in (walking in).

    Thanks for your help.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Vebrs

    We can't correct homework here. But:
    Changing "father" to "dad" isn't part of a phrasal verb exercise.
    You've changed the meaning of 2. I don't think that would be part of the exercise.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Vebrs

    Quote Originally Posted by caesar1983 View Post
    Dear ... mothertongue speakers
    You mean 'native English speakers'.

    'Mother tongue' (two words) means 'native language'. 'Mothertongue' is a non-standard word.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Vebrs

    Actually, I don't want you to correct the sentences...I'd like you to give me your opinions about them...not corrections...could please help me with this, as you are native English speakers?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 06-Apr-2014 at 18:59. Reason: Unnecessary quote deleted.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Vebrs

    I don't want you to correct the sentences. I'd like you to give me your opinions about them not corrections.
    Please note my corrections to your punctuation.

    Having your English corrected comes with the territory on this forum. Other students are reading your question and want to know whether it's grammatically correct.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Vebrs

    Thanks so much for your corrections about punctuation... but what do you think of the phrasal verbs I used in the sentence I wrote?

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    Default Re: Phrasal Vebrs

    Quote Originally Posted by caesar1983 View Post
    Thanks so much for your corrections about punctuation... but what do you think of the phrasal verbs I used in the sentence I wrote?
    That is the part of the homework we cannot comment on. Your phrasal verbs are, so to speak, the guts of the matter, and this is for you to do and submit to your teacher for marking and comment.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Vebrs

    Pay attention to a custom does not mean the same as observe.

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    By refusing to answer, we are trying to help you learn.

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