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    #1

    are there sentences right?

    Are these sentences correct?

    Were the police to arrest him we would have been in trouble.

    It is so trivial a matter, that...............- I think it should be: such a trivial matter?


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    #2

    Re: are there sentences right?

    every thing is wrong even the question!!
    you should say: are there right sentences?
    ad te two sentences are wrong too, i don't know what do want to say..

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    #3

    Re: are there sentences right?

    Quote Originally Posted by magdalena View Post
    Are these sentences correct?
    Note: This way of asking is just fine


    Were the police to arrest him, we would have been in trouble.

    This pattern of "Were the [noun] [infinitive]" means "If the [noun] [verb]."

    There a tense issue here I'm not happy with: Were the police to arrest him, we would be..., not would have been. Or Were the police to have arrested him, we would have been (or even "Were he to have been arrested...")


    It is so trivial a matter, that...............- I think it should be: such a trivial matter?
    Either is okay. It is so minor a thing or It is such a minor thing.
    Hope that helps - not a teacher


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    Smile Re: are there sentences right?

    Quote Originally Posted by magdalena View Post
    Are these sentences correct?

    Were the police to arrest him we would have been in trouble.

    It is so trivial a matter, that...............- I think it should be: such a trivial matter?


    If the police had arrested him, we would've been in trouble.

    or

    Were the police to arrest him, we would be in trouble.
    If the police were to arrest him, we would be in trouble.
    If the police arrested him, we would be in trouble.

    It's such a trivial matter that it's not even worth discussing it, unless of course you have something else you'd like add.

    I wouldn't use a comma after "matter" in the last sentence.


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    Re: are there sentences right?

    Thank you, so I gather it is correct to say "it is so a trivial matter?" I was thaught that only "such" can be used when an adjective is followed by a noun but what do I know:)

    Julianna, this forum is to help not criticise (and wrongly, too).

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    Re: are there sentences right?

    Quote Originally Posted by magdalena View Post
    Thank you, so I gather it is correct to say "it is so a trivial matter?" I was thaught that only "such" can be used when an adjective is followed by a noun but what do I know:)

    Julianna, this forum is to help not criticise (and wrongly, too).
    Not "so a trivial matter" magdelena, "so trivial a matter" the position of the 'a' is important.

    To recap: "so trivial a matter" or "such a trivial matter".

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