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    appropriate tense

    Is this sentence correct:

    Bob was home for the weekend and had said bye to his mom before returning to campus Sunday night.

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    Re: appropriate tense

    Quote Originally Posted by sane View Post
    Is this sentence correct:

    Bob was home for the weekend and had said bye to his mom before returning to campus Sunday night.
    It's correct insofar as you could parse it grammatically. But it's a terrible sentence. It's really a conjunction of two sentences - one about Bob having been home for weekend, and the other about his now being back at campus having said goodbye to his mother.
    A more natural way to say this would be:
    Bob had been home for the weekend. He'd said goodbye to his mother before returning to campus on Sunday night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sane View Post
    Is this sentence correct:
    Bob was at home for the weekend and had said bye to his mom before returning to campus on Sunday night.
    I think it can be this way also. Remove ‘had’ and add appropriate preposition before the nouns “home” and “Sunday night”
    Last edited by sarat_106; 26-Jul-2009 at 04:11.

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    Re: appropriate tense

    You don't need either the "at" or the "on."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You don't need either the "at" or the "on."
    "home" here is regarded as adverbs, right?
    It the same as "go home" and "go church".
    It seems I was told by my English teacher about this pattern many years ago.

    Thanks for remind in advance.

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    Re: appropriate tense

    Go home is fine; where I live, we we go TO church, not just "go church."

    I'll be home soon. I was home all weekend. I'm gonig home. He is on his way home.

    You CAN say I'm at home, but you don't need to.

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