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    Hi

    Please tell me if the following sentences are grammatically correct:

    1.I entered a coffee shop trying to have / drink a cup of coffee, but I was told that they could not serve me because there wasn`t any coffee left at that moment.


    2.I went out of the coffee shop and turned the corner because , straight ahead, there was a restaurant I used to know.[or, to go?]

    3.I had previously been there when I visited the city.

    4. I was served with a hot cup of coffee, there.

    5.The wind was blowing hard outside, so I decided to spend some time in that warm atmosphere.
    I am not sure if "outside" is necessary here.
    If I used "the wind was strongly blowing", would it sound better or would it be too formal?
    Thank you very much in advance.

    p.s. This is not homework. I`m only trying to translate some sentences from Romanian into English.
    Last edited by Teia; 17-Jul-2007 at 11:46.

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    Default Re: Are the following sentences correct?

    what i think:
    1: both are ok.
    2: used to go is better.
    3: This sentence sounds weird. is previously used here the right way?
    4: i never say i was served with...i often say somebody served me ...
    5: outside is just ok.
    the wind was strongly blowing . i sometimes say like this,
    but i say The wind was blowing hard.more often.

    if i'm wrong,please comment 2 tell me.

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    Default Re: Are the following sentences correct?

    1a. I entered a coffee shop
    i) trying to have a cup of coffee
    ii) trying to drink a cup of coffee,

    Problem: trying to. It means you were trying to have/drink a cup of coffee as you entered the shop. That is, you had a cup of coffee in your hand and were you trying to drink it.
    Solution:For example, wanting a cup of coffee / in need of a cup of coffee

    1b. but I was told that they could not serve me because there wasn't any coffee left at that moment.

    Suggestion: at the time; at that moment means, at that very moment in time, so why not reduce it to something a tad more efficient?

    2. I went out of the coffee shop and turned the corner because, straight ahead, there was a restaurant I used to
    i) know
    ii) go to

    Note, if you visited the coffee shop around the corner only once or twice or so before, then knew would be a better verb than used to know or used to go to because used to means a past routine, habit.

    3. I had previously been there when I visited the city.
    => Work on 2. first.

    4. I was served with a hot cup of coffee, there.

    Problem: people are served with summons, and food is served with side orders. Served with <a drink or meal> is English, but not as common as served <a drink or meal>.

    Solution: served a hot cup of coffee

    5.The wind was blowing hard outside, so I decided to spend some time in that warm atmosphere.

    i) outside .
    ii) the wind was blowing strongly

    Note, blowing hard is a collocation, and it works just as well as blowing strongly. Neither sounds formal. (By the way, adverbs are slowly losing -ly, so you'll also hear and read blowing strong.)

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    Default Re: Are the following sentences correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    1a. I entered a coffee shop
    i) trying to have a cup of coffee
    ii) trying to drink a cup of coffee,

    Problem: trying to. It means you were trying to have/drink a cup of coffee as you entered the shop. That is, you had a cup of coffee in your hand and were you trying to drink it.
    Solution:For example, wanting a cup of coffee / in need of a cup of coffee

    1b. but I was told that they could not serve me because there wasn't any coffee left at that moment.

    Suggestion: at the time; at that moment means, at that very moment in time, so why not reduce it to something a tad more efficient?

    2. I went out of the coffee shop and turned the corner because, straight ahead, there was a restaurant I used to
    i) know
    ii) go to

    Note, if you visited the coffee shop around the corner only once or twice or so before, then knew would be a better verb than used to know or used to go to because used to means a past routine, habit.

    3. I had previously been there when I visited the city.
    => Work on 2. first.

    4. I was served with a hot cup of coffee, there.

    Problem: people are served with summons, and food is served with side orders. Served with <a drink or meal> is English, but not as common as served <a drink or meal>.

    Solution: served a hot cup of coffee

    5.The wind was blowing hard outside, so I decided to spend some time in that warm atmosphere.

    i) outside .
    ii) the wind was blowing strongly

    Note, blowing hard is a collocation, and it works just as well as blowing strongly. Neither sounds formal. (By the way, adverbs are slowly losing -ly, so you'll also hear and read blowing strong.)
    Hi Casiopea.

    Thank you very much! I appreciate your help, especially regarding the expression " in need of a cup of coffee". I tried hard to do this translation and I was sure that something was wrong ; it didn`t sound correct to me - I repeated the sentence outloud many times but I could not find the right phrase.

    Thank you again.

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    Default Re: Are the following sentences correct?

    You're most welcome.

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