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    Hello everyone,

    would you please improve the following sentences? I have use do ore make in the right term.

    1.) If you want to do something helpful, you can make your bed.
    2.) What does Mr. Jones do for a living? He works in a factory wich makes paint.
    3.) I wish you'd make your hair - it makes your look so much better.
    4.) Last night, while I was doing the washing up, James makes some coffee.
    5.) When she does something wrong or she makes a mistake, her face goes red.
    6.) I can't make tea the English way. There must be something I did wrong.

    Thanks in advance,
    Dany

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    1) fine
    2) ok (which, not wich)
    3) I wish you had done your hair (even if it was make, it would have been made).
    4) James made/was making some coffee.
    5) ok
    6) Why not the simple present ie. there must be something I do wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    1) fine
    2) ok (which, not wich)
    3) I wish you had done your hair (even if it was make, it would have been made).
    4) James made/was making some coffee.
    5) ok
    6) Why not the simple present ie. there must be something I do wrong?

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    Thanks
    I have one question to number six. Can I also say "there must be something I have done wrong?

    Kind regards,
    Dany

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    You can use the simple past or the present perfect too, depending on the circumstances. The introducing sentence suggests that you talk about your ability to make English tea in general, that's why the simple present seems more appropriate for the 2nd sentence. But if you've just tasted the tea that you made 2 mins ago, then your 2nd sentence can refer to what you did this time specifically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    You can use the simple past or the present perfect too, depending on the circumstances. The introducing sentence suggests that you talk about your ability to make English tea in general, that's why the simple present seems more appropriate for the 2nd sentence. But if you've just tasted the tea that you made 2 mins ago, then your 2nd sentence can refer to what you did this time specifically.

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    Thanks, now I have understood it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Hello everyone,

    would you please improve the following sentences? I have use do ore make in the right term.

    1.) If you want to do something helpful, you can make your bed.
    2.) What does Mr. Jones do for a living? He works in a factory wich makes paint.
    3.) I wish you'd make your hair - it makes your look so much better.
    4.) Last night, while I was doing the washing up, James makes some coffee.
    5.) When she does something wrong or she makes a mistake, her face goes red.
    6.) I can't make tea the English way. There must be something I did wrong.

    Thanks in advance,
    Dany
    Number 3 could also be - I wish you'd (you would) do your hair. It makes you look so much better.

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