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    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me if the following sentences are correct?

    1) The old oak tree, which had been standing in the churchyard since before the church was built, suddenly crashed to the ground.



    2) We slipped / crawled / sneaked down and out of the room.
    (if the construction is correct which verb is best ?)


    3) He shouted himself hoarse.



    4) Milton read himself blind.


    5) He drank himself into the grave.


    6) I had to shake him awake.


    7) She has already had the baby.

    8) She already had the baby. (whatís the difference between 7) and 8) ?)

    Thank you very much for your help.

    Best regards,
    Hela

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    Default Re: Sentence correctness

    1) The old oak tree, which had been standing in the churchyard since before the church was built, suddenly crashed to the ground.

    I'd use 'had stood'


    2) We slipped / crawled / sneaked down and out of the room.
    (if the construction is correct which verb is best ?)


    They're all fine- it depends on the way you left.
    3) He shouted himself hoarse.



    4) Milton read himself blind.


    5) He drank himself into the grave.


    6) I had to shake him awake.



    All fine
    7) She has already had the baby.

    8) She already had the baby. (whatís the difference between 7) and 8) ?)

    Both are fine- it depends on the context- if it's a recent event, I'd use 7. If you are telling me that she was a mother by the time something else in the past happened, then use 8. American speakers seem to use 'already' with the past more than British do.

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    Default Re: Sentence correctness

    Dear teachers,

    A/ Are these sentences correct ?



    1/ The latest software contains graphics which could once only have been imagined.



    2/ Impressionist painters such as Manet and Monet knew how to use colour so as to create an image of reality, rather than a reproduction THEREOF. (meaning ?)

    3/ Although the sculptor had hoped that he would be able to finish the stone faces at Mount Rushmore, the work was left for his son to complete.

    4/ The philosophy of ancient
    Greece has been preserved in the scholarly writing of western civilization.

    5/ By the mid nineteenth century, land had become so expensive in big cities,
    that architects began to save space by building skyscrapers.

    6/ Before the invention of the musical staff, musical compositions were passed
    among composers through writing as well as by memory.

    7/ A once talented child actor, Shirley Temple, established herself as a career diplomat, becoming a representative in the United Nations.

    8/ There are now new ways to have access to the web using game consoles or the wap (correct ?), which is a small cell phone with A tiny screen.

    9/ All the albums in this chart were released during the month of May; the top-ten listings of tracks were compiled after conducting telephone polls.

    10/ If an average-length DVD movie were uncompressed, it would take at least a year to download it over a normal telephone line.

    11/ By January 2003, the Fellowship of the Rings sequel had earned $
    US 200 million at the north American box office, outpacing its hit predecessor in 2001.

    12/ Unlike the internet, built by a large group of military and scientists, the world wide web owes its creation to a single extraordinary man, Tim Berners-Lee.

    13/ Few actors perform their own stunts, either because they don't wish to, or because the producer is afraid of / fears injuries.

    14/ The crew did report that one of the cranes was out of order, but the replacement arrived so late that the time limit / deadline was missed.

    15/ The sales of videocassettes have fallen down / away (?) in direct proportion to the rise in DVD sales.





    B/ Would you please give me a couple of sentences beginning with ďBe itÖĒ?



    Many thanks,

    Hela
    Last edited by hela; 20-Dec-2004 at 08:27.

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    Default Re: Sentence correctness

    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me if the following sentence is correct ?

    "It was since 1992 that he hadn't had such a bad exam result."

    Many thanks,
    Hela

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    Default Re: Sentence correctness

    He hadn't had such a bad reult since 1992.
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    Default Re: Sentence correctness

    Thanks, tdol.

    One more question:

    Are the following sentences correct ?

    1) He hadn't had such a bad exam result since 1992. =

    a) it was the worst exam result he HAD or HAD HAD since 1992.

    b) It was a long time since he HAD or HAD HAD such a bad exam result.

    c) It was a long time since he HAD (LAST) HAD such a bad exam result.

    d) It was 12 years (= in 2004 ?) since he HAD HAD such a bad exam result.


    2) This was the first time he HAD SEEN Elsie since the night before. CORRECT ?
    How can I rephrase this sentence in a sentence transformation exercise ?

    3) She is a qualified doctor, yet she was not able to diagnose the illness.
    If she IS a qualified doctor, she SHOULD HAVE BEEN able to diagnose the illness. (MIXED CONDITIONAL)

    4) He disobeyed his father's orders and this is why he is disinherited.
    a) If he HADNíT DISOBEYED his father, he WOUDNíT BE disinherited. (MIXED CONDITIONAL)

    b) (any other possibilities ?)

    Many thanks,
    Hela
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    Default Re: Sentence correctness

    Could anyone answer my previous post, please?

    Thanks a million,
    Hela

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    a) it was the worst exam result he HAD HAD since 1992.

    b) It was a long time since he HAD HAD such a bad exam result.

    c) It was a long time since he HAD LAST HAD such a bad exam result.

    d) It was 12 years since he HAD HAD such a bad exam result.


    2) This was the first time he HAD SEEN Elsie since the night before. CORRECT ?
    How can I rephrase this sentence in a sentence transformation exercise ?
    He hadn't seen Elsie since the night before.

    3) She is a qualified doctor, yet she was not able to diagnose the illness.
    If she IS a qualified doctor, she SHOULD HAVE BEEN able to diagnose the illness. (MIXED CONDITIONAL)
    Yes

    4) He disobeyed his father's orders and this is why he is disinherited.
    a) If he HADNíT DISOBEYED his father, he WOUDNíT BE disinherited. (MIXED CONDITIONAL)
    Here, I'd use a straight third conditional.


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    Default Re: Sentence correctness

    Thanks tdol,

    1) Is sentence 3 ambiguous or is it clear enough to be transformed ?

    2) In sentence # 4 do you have to say in the original :

    He disobeyed his father's orders and this is / WAS (?) why he is disinherited.

    a) with "IS" = MIXED CONDITIONAL ?
    b) with "WAS" = Third conditional ?

    3) Would you please tell me where I can get online transformation exercises and reported speech exercises in the form of sentences or texts ?

    Have a nice day,
    Hela

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    Default Re: Sentence correctness

    3 is fine
    4 I wouldn't use 'dinieherited' as an adjective, so I wouldn't use the present- I'd use the past pr present perfect to refer to the action. Your examples are not conditionals, regardless of tense.

    Try flo-joe.co.uk

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