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    1. I enjoy visiting Americans in their homes and talking to them about their customs, which has proven to be extremely beneficial.
    that ?

    2. Before arriving at the airport, he had taken off his coat and throwed it over his shoulder, complaining of the heat.
    threw ?

    3. Conditions in the country has grown so severe that many refugees have risked death to escape.
    have grown ?

    4. A man who can win two elections uncontested is a man who's character is firmly established.
    whose character ?

    5. If anyone happens to call while I am out of the office, please have them leave a message for me.
    him ?

    6. With less than three inches of rain falling in a six-month period, the farmers found it necessary to irrigate the land.
    fewer ?

    7. The principle reason for the great amount of pollution is that government does not take the lead in passing strong legislation against it.
    principal ?

    8. The servant returned with a message for which I was not in the least preparing: my host would be unable to receive me because of his ill health.
    prepared ?

    9. It is necessary that a person drink several glasses of the water daily if he wishes to remain healthy.
    water ?

    10. The patient's doctor strongly urges that he has an operation on his back as soon as his general health improves.
    had ?

    Regarding 9 and 10, I think that just because they are in subjunctive mood, that's why ( a person drink ) with no s for drink is not wrong.

    and for ' had ' used in 10 to fit it the subjunctive mood condition. Right ?

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    Re: find mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    1. I enjoy visiting Americans in their homes and talking to them about their customs, which has proven to be extremely beneficial.
    that ?

    Regarding 9 and 10, I think that just because they are in subjunctive mood, that's why ( a person drink ) with no s for drink is not wrong.

    and for ' had ' used in 10 to fit it the subjunctive mood condition. Right ?

    Regarding #9 and 10
    Some authors call it "present subjunctive"; others "mandative subjunctive". This "mandative subjunctive" has only one form, the base verb, so there is no concord between subject and finite verb in the 3rd person singular present. ( #10: have) :D


    #1: I think 'which' is fine. As far as I know, comma is not allowed in front of a relative pronoun 'that'.

    Cas?

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    Cas doesn't notice a post once it has already been dealt with

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    I think the answer to the first one is "talk with them". They presumably know their culture better than the speaker. Tough one. Am I correct?

    FRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    Cas doesn't notice a post once it has already been dealt with
    She knows we need her!

    Cas! Cas! Let's not play-and-seek. I don't want to be a nasty ghost.

    Hope that helps. 8)

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    Re: find mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi


    #1: I think 'which' is fine. As far as I know, comma is not allowed in front of a relative pronoun 'that'.
    You're right- you could use 'that' if you changed it to a semicolon. However, 'that of' is seen after a comma sometimes.

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    Re: find mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    1. I enjoy visiting Americans in their homes and talking to them about their customs, which has proven to be extremely beneficial.
    that ?
    Sorry. I was off-line for a few hours: there's a monster typhoon coming our way.

    I agree with blacknomi, FRC, and tdol. 'which' is fine, and either 'speaking with them' or 'talking with them' sounds more natural to my ears. :wink:

    Sorry about the previous post--the choices weren't underlined. Let's clear that up:

    I enjoy visiting Americans in their homes and talking with them about their customs, which has proven to be extremely beneficial. (OK)

    All the best, :D

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    But I think that ' talk to ' or ' talk with ' is fine. I also agree that ( which ' has ' proven ... ) is fine too as Cas put it since it refers to the previous sentence as a whole, that's why it needs only a singular verb ' has ' ) Agreed ?

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    Re: find mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Sorry. I was off-line for a few hours: there's a monster typhoon coming our way.
    Thanks, Cas. I'm sorry to hear that monster's approaching Japan. That one was supposed to hit us. :(

    Be safe, we don't want to lose you. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    I think the answer to the first one is "talk with them". They presumably know their culture better than the speaker. Tough one. Am I correct?

    FRC
    Talking to sounds a bit like a lecture.

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