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    Lightbulb "had better"

    i had a test and couldn't answer these sentences
    • ''no matter how hard I tried I couldn't answer the question''
      ( begin with Try)
    • ''They had to wait 2 hours before the meeting began'' (Only after a)
    • ''It makes no difference if the play is full booked, we will still try to get
      a ticket'' (we will still try and get a ticket.........)

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    Default Re: don't know how....?

    Quote Originally Posted by monyshygirl View Post
    i had a test and couldn't answer these sentences
    • ''no matter how hard I tried I couldn't answer the question''
      ( begin with Try)
    • ''They had to wait 2 hours before the meeting began'' (Only after a)
    • ''It makes no difference if the play is full booked, we will still try to get
      a ticket'' (we will still try and get a ticket.........)
    I tried very hard but I couldn't answer the question.
    Only after a wait of 2 hours the meeting began.
    We will still try and get a ticket even if the play is fully booked.

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    Default Re: don't know how....?

    Wow, that must've been a hard test, Monyshygirl

    1) Try as I might I couldn't answer the question.

    2) Only after a wait of 2 hours did the meeting begin.

    3) We will still try and get a ticket even if the play is fully booked.

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    Default Re: don't know how....?

    Quote Originally Posted by StarrySkies View Post
    Welcome StarrySkies! But I disagree with one thing.

    3) We will still try and get a ticket even if the play is fully booked.
    (At least) some grammarians don't like "try and get...", and neither do I. (not a grammarian)

    Saying "try and get..." (try what?) seems to be a poor choice of words when the meaning is 'try to get...'.
    2006

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    Default Re: don't know how....?

    2006, you took the words right out of my mouth.

    I really dislike "try and" -- and yet look! That's the what the test said to use!

    I try not to be too prescriptivist, but that one really irks me.

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    Default Re: don't know how....?

    I'm not a proff.
    I'd like to add a bit.

    Quote Originally Posted by StarrySkies View Post

    2) Only after a wait of 2 hours did the meeting begin.
    I'd rephrase that to something like :
    Only after a two-hours wait the meeting began.

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    Default Re: don't know how....?

    If you want to write it that way, then use "two-hour wait" not two-hours.

    Six-foot pole, three-mile run, two-hour wait - you go back to the singular form of the noun when used like that.

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    Default Re: don't know how....?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If you want to write it that way, then use "two-hour wait" not two-hours.

    Six-foot pole, three-mile run, two-hour wait - you go back to the singular form of the noun when used like that.
    Thank you .

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarrySkies View Post
    Wow, that must've been a hard test, Monyshygirl

    1) Try as I might I couldn't answer the question.

    2) Only after a wait of 2 hours did the meeting begin.

    3) We will still try and get a ticket even if the play is fully booked.
    thanks a lot for your help, but I'm afraid the answer to the sentence
    ''only after a wait of two hours did the meeting began'' and
    ''only after two-hour wait the meeting began.'' were wrong as I haven't got marks when answering that way.

    I have one more sentence
    ''I had better go to the dentist's soon.''
    It's.............................................. ..

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    Default Re: don't know how....?

    "Only after a two-hour wait did the meeting begin." If it is not that, there are no more options.

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