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    I am not very sure about use of some verbs
    People is or people are?

    Is right to say: I COULD HAVE EATEN vegetables yesterday.

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    Hi,

    Quote Originally Posted by lorena
    I am not very sure about use of some verbs
    People is or people are?
    'People', meaning 'humans', is a plural form that does not have corresponding singular form. You have to say "People are".

    Is right to say: I COULD HAVE EATEN vegetables yesterday.
    It is grammatically correct, but be careful with the meaning. In other words you say, : "I had a chance to eat vegetables" but you did not do it. Is that what you mean?[/quote]

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    Sorry for the mess up. The explanation of the first question is included in your quote.

    Iza

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    Hey Iza,
    I do not know if i can use verbs in that form, other exaples about this question coul be I SHOULD HAVE DONE MY HOMEWORK or there are another form to express the same?
    Quote Originally Posted by izabela
    Hi,

    Quote Originally Posted by lorena
    I am not very sure about use of some verbs
    People is or people are?
    'People', meaning 'humans', is a plural form that does not have corresponding singular form. You have to say "People are".

    Is right to say: I COULD HAVE EATEN vegetables yesterday.
    It is grammatically correct, but be careful with the meaning. In other words you say, : "I had a chance to eat vegetables" but you did not do it. Is that what you mean?
    [/quote]

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    Lorena,

    I don't think I understand what you mean by I do not know if i can use verbs in that form. Please reword your sentence.

    I SHOULD HAVE DONE MY HOMEWORK
    This sentence is correct. You could say, 'I was supposed to do my homework, but I did not do it', which means the same. But your sentence is perfectly fine the way it is.

    What exactly is your problem?

    Iza


    Quote Originally Posted by lorena
    Hey Iza,
    I do not know if i can use verbs in that form, other exaples about this question coul be I SHOULD HAVE DONE MY HOMEWORK or there are another form to express the same?
    Quote Originally Posted by izabela
    Hi,

    Quote Originally Posted by lorena
    I am not very sure about use of some verbs
    People is or people are?
    'People', meaning 'humans', is a plural form that does not have corresponding singular form. You have to say "People are".

    Is right to say: I COULD HAVE EATEN vegetables yesterday.
    It is grammatically correct, but be careful with the meaning. In other words you say, : "I had a chance to eat vegetables" but you did not do it. Is that what you mean?
    [/quote]

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    Quote Originally Posted by lorena
    I am not very sure about use of some verbs
    People is or people are?

    Is right to say: I COULD HAVE EATEN vegetables yesterday.
    Iza was correct when she said that "people" has no real singular form. However, the singualr word "person" can be considered the semantic singular of the plural "people". :wink:

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