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    please help

    dear teachers,

    i have questions, please help me. :)

    what's the difference between A,B and C?

    1)

    if necessary, here's the context.: john set the rules but mary broke it and then john said to her "_______"

    A. i already told you not to bring any pets here.

    B. i have (already) told you not to bring any pets here.

    C. i had told you not to bring any pets here.


    2)

    if necessary, here's the context.: father had retired many years ago and one day he had vocation with his son and said "______" to him.

    A. i had worked whole my life and had never thought i would spend holidays in italy.

    B. i worked whole my life and never thought i would spend holidays in italy.


    here's also a little confusion, sorry. which one i should use in this context and why?

    i) i worked whole my life and never thought i would spend holidays in italy.

    ii) i worked whole my life and never thought i would be spending holidays in italy.

    iii) i worked whole my life and never thought i would have spent holidays in italy.

    iiii) can i change all the "would"s into "could"s in these sentence?

    many thanks

    xxx
    Last edited by dafunkygirl; 01-Aug-2009 at 10:56.

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    Re: please help

    Quote Originally Posted by dafunkygirl View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have questions, please help me. :)

    What's the difference between A,B and C?

    1)

    If necessary, here's the context.: John set the rules but Mary broke them and then John said to her "_______"

    A. i already told you not to bring any pets here.

    B.I have (already) told you not to bring any pets here.

    C. I had told you not to bring any pets here.


    2)

    If necessary, here's the context.: father had retired many years ago and one day he had vocation with his son and said "______" to him.

    A. i had worked whole my life and had never thought i would spend holidays in italy.

    B. I have worked my whole life and never thought I would spend holidays in Italy.


    here's also a little confusion, sorry. which one i should use in this context and why?

    i) i worked whole my life and never thought i would spend holidays in italy.

    ii) I have worked my whole life and never thought I would be spending holidays in Italy.

    iii) i worked whole my life and never thought i would have spent holidays in italy.

    iiii) can i change all the "would"s into "could"s in these sentence? No.

    Many thanks.

    xxx
    Bhai.

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    Re: please help

    I would be inclined to say in all those examples:

    "I never thought I would spend MY holidays in Italy."

    or

    "I never thought I would have A holiday in Italy."

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