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    Is the sentence grammatically correct?

    hi everybody,
    I would like to know whether the following sentence is grammatically correct:
    He didn't bring to class any of the books I asked him.
    I think it should be: He didn't bring to class any of the books I had asked him
    The question is whether the use of the past perfect tense is obligatory in this case or not.


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    Past Perfect sounds better to me because the action of asking happened earlier.

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    I think the sentence,"He didn't bring to class any of the books I asked him" is perfectly all right if you change 'bring' to 'bought'.

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    #4

    Re: Is the sentence grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by miniwave View Post
    hi everybody,
    I would like to know whether the following sentence is grammatically correct:
    He didn't bring to class any of the books I asked him.
    I think it should be: He didn't bring to class any of the books I had asked him
    The question is whether the use of the past perfect tense is obligatory in this case or not.
    Both tenses are fine.In the first it is OK to use the simple past tense twice for two separate actions, but using the past perfect to show that one happened before the other is also good. The only thing the sentence needs is to at the end. Some people would say that you should not end a sentence with to, but it is generally accepted that, when the verb is obvious (bring) it need not be repeated.

    You cannot use brought as suggested because you are using the auxiliary verb do, and therefore the main verb must be in it's basic form.
    Last edited by DavyBCN; 31-Aug-2006 at 22:01. Reason: spelling

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    Thanks Davy for correcting me.I want to confirm if the verb 'do' refers to irregular verbs?


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    Hi Fazzu
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    The standard way to make interrogative and negative sentences in the simple present or simple past tense is to use the verb do as a "dummy" auxiliary and the use of do/does/did is the same for regular and irregular verbs. (The verb be is an exception.)
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    I think I am still confused Philly.What the verb 'do' actually represent,like the verb 'be' as “I am, you are, he is, we are, you are, they are” ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    Hi Fazzu
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    The standard way to make interrogative and negative sentences in the simple present or simple past tense is to use the verb do as a "dummy" auxiliary and the use of do/does/did is the same for regular and irregular verbs. (The verb be is an exception.)
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    Oh yes,I think I got it now.The verb 'do' and its inflected forms,"do,does,did,doing".


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    Hi Fazzu
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    If you look here
    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary...nt-simple.html
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    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/simple-past.html
    you will know what I'm talking about.
    You need to use the verb do to ask questions and make negative sentences in the simple present tense and the simple past tense.
    "Doing" is not included in what I'm talking about.
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    Thanks Philly.I am afraid I am not getting it.I think I will raise this question again later in another thread.Thanks a bunch for spending your time.

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