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    Anniebee is offline Newbie
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    Default Are these sentences really wrong??

    Good morning,


    A friend of mine had these sentences marked as gramatically incorrect, but I`m dubious, can an expert give their opinon please. It was an exercise to give the correct tense of the verb.

    1) If it wasn`t for your help I wouldn`t have passed. ( teacher changed wasn`t for to hadn`t been).

    2) No one saw me when I walked into the village. (marked incorrect but no alternative given)

    3) You worry too much about things lately. (marked incorrect but no alternative given)

    I know there are alternative tenses but are the given ones ones really wrong??

    Thanks in advance.

    Annie

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    Default Re: Are these sentences really wrong??

    Quote Originally Posted by Anniebee View Post
    Good morning,


    A friend of mine had these sentences marked as gramatically incorrect, but I`m dubious, can an expert give their opinon please. It was an exercise to give the correct tense of the verb.

    1) If it wasn`t for your help I wouldn`t have passed. ( teacher changed wasn`t for to hadn`t beenthird conditional:speaking retrospectively)(=Without your help, I wouldn't have passed.)

    2) No one saw me when I walkedwas walking into the village. (marked incorrect but no alternative given)(another action occurs while an action is being in progress.)

    3) You worry have worried too much about things lately. (marked incorrect but no alternative given)(Something that has happened lately/recently has happened in the recent past or not long ago.)(see the definition of the present perfect tense here)

    I know there are alternative tenses but are the given ones ones really wrong??

    Thanks in advance.

    Annie
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    Last edited by albertino; 29-Nov-2008 at 11:39.

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    Thanks you so much for your help and reply.

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    Default Re: Are these sentences really wrong??

    Sorry, but what's the problem with #2 as written?

    If I'm writing about my need to sneak into the village (to rescue the princess from the evil king, perhaps) there's nothing wrong about saying my entrance was unnoticed.

    With #3, I'd suggest "you've been worrying too much" as the alternative.

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    Default Re: Are these sentences really wrong??

    Quote Originally Posted by anniebee View Post
    good morning,


    a friend of mine had these sentences marked as gramatically incorrect, but i`m dubious, can an expert give their opinon please. It was an exercise to give the correct tense of the verb.

    1) if it wasn`t for your help i wouldn`t have passed. if it weren't for your help... (denoting a situation contrary to reality)
    "hadn't been" is also correct.

    2) no one saw me when i walked into the village.

    3) you worry too much about things lately. the tense is fine. Present tense is commonly used to express an ongoing situation. (perfect tense would also be correct)
    since a few of his coworkers lost their jobs, he (worries)(has been worrying) that he might be next.

    thanks in advance.

    Annie
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    Default Re: Are these sentences really wrong??

    I rather prefer in # 3) you`ve been worrying , but glad it`s agreed that simple present is ok too!!

    2) You both agree that it`s fine.

    1) The typical mix up between was and were.

    Thank you all so much. Great to have different opinions.

    Annie

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