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    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me if my sentence is correct (grammar & style)? How would you formulate it?

    Having discovered the states of the roads we drove on, they would rather we had rented a car than borrowed theirs.


    Thank you for your help.
    Hela

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    Quote Originally Posted by hela
    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me if my sentence is correct (grammar & style)? How would you formulate it?

    Having discovered the states of the roads we drove on, they would rather we had rented a car than borrowed theirs.


    Thank you for your help.
    Hela
    it sounds good to me except the word "states". Should be "state".

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    Thanks Marylin, yes, you're right, "states" was a typo.

    All the best,
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    Quote Originally Posted by hela
    Thanks Marylin, yes, you're right, "states" was a typo.

    All the best,
    Hela
    You are very welcome!

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    Dear teachers,

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

    1) a) Since I live (or Since I am ?) in NY I have been used to noise and pollution.

    b) I have long been used to living alone.



    2)a) When will you tell me about what I will / would have to do?


    b) I wonder when he will finish school.


    c) As long as you let me know when you WILL ARRIVE, I will come and meet you at the station. (wrong ?)



    3) a) She is having a baby. (immediate future)
    b) She is going to have a baby. (less immediate ?)



    4) If I am as clever as you think, I should have been rich by now. (correct ?)

    Would you have other examples of a mixed conditional type 1 + type 3 ?



    5) a) If my father were not paying / didn’t pay my fees, I wouldn’t be studying here.

    b) If my father had not paid my fees, I wouldn’t be studying here.


    Thank you very much for your help.
    Best regards,
    Hela
    Last edited by hela; 29-Mar-2005 at 16:51.

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    1) a) Since I live (or Since I am ?) in NY I have been used to noise and pollution.

    You could say :
    Since (=because) I live in NY, I am used to noise and pollution.
    Since I moved to NY, I have got used to n oise and pollution.

    b) I have long been used to living alone.


    2)a) When will you tell me about what I will have to do?


    b) I wonder when he will finish school.


    c) As long as you let me know when you WILL ARRIVE, I will come and meet you at the station. (Though you could use the progressive form)



    3) a) She is having a baby. (immediate future)
    b) She is going to have a baby. (less immediate ?)


    4) If I am as clever as you think, I should have been rich by now. (correct ?) The structure is correct, but this one sounds a bit weird:
    If he's a clever as you think, he should have been able to do that. (This sounds better to me)

    Would you have other examples of a mixed conditional type 1 + type 3 ? That's basically it.



    5) a) If my father were not paying / didn’t pay my fees, I wouldn’t be studying here.

    b) If my father had not paid my fees, I wouldn’t be studying here.






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    Dear tdol,

    We can use the future in sentence 2c) because "when you will arrive" is a nominal clause ?

    Thank you very much indeed for your corrections. You can't imagine how helpful you can be, you teachers on such a site, to learners like me who are studying English on their own in view of future examinations.

    Kind regards,
    Hela

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    Dear teachers,

    1) Would you please check my sentence ?

    Rather than lose precious sleep discussing the mortgage facilities now, I think we should go to bed and talk about them in the morning. (correct ?)

    2) Would you please give me examples where such verbs as sell, read, prove, (any more, please?) can be used in the active voice while having a passive meaning? What do we call that in grammar ?

    e.g.: The Rhine doesn’t show. = The Rhine can’t be seen.

    Thanks a million,
    Hela

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

    1) I consider her to have been taken unfair advantage of.
    2) Advantage was believed to have been taken of John.
    3) We believe advantage to have been taken of John.

    Kind regards,
    Hela

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