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    Hello teachers
    Your comments in this forum helped a lot. Thank you very much.

    Now I need your help again.
    I'd like to rewrite #1. Would you check #1~5?

    #1 If he had not employed me then, I would still be out of work.

    #2 If he had not hired me then, I would still be out of work.
    #3 If he had not given me a job then, I would still be out of work.
    #4 If he had not given me work then, I would still be jobless.
    #5 If he had not taken me then, I would still be out of work.

    I'd be happy to know which are correct and which are not.
    Especially I wonder if #5 makes sense or not. I mean I wonder if "take" has such a meaning.

    Thank you.
    Lina

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    Re: variation

    Quote Originally Posted by Lina
    Hello teachers
    Your comments in this forum helped a lot. Thank you very much.

    Now I need your help again.
    I'd like to rewrite #1. Would you check #1~5?

    #1 If he had not employed me then, I would still be out of work.

    #2 If he had not hired me then, I would still be out of work.
    #3 If he had not given me a job then, I would still be out of work.
    #4 If he had not given me work then, I would still be jobless.
    #5 If he had not taken me then, I would still be out of work.

    I'd be happy to know which are correct and which are not.
    Especially I wonder if #5 makes sense or not. I mean I wonder if "take" has such a meaning.

    Thank you.
    Lina
    #2 is fine.
    #3 is fine.
    #4 is OK, but "given me work then" sounds more temporary than "hired" or "given me a job".
    #5 is understandable, but not the best.

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    #5 would work better if you used 'taken me on'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    #5 would work better if you used 'taken me on'.
    That helps. :wink:

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