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    Kinldy explain grammar usage

    I need a clarification on the grammar usage for the following sentences, which I have come across in a novel;

    1. She could never tell him, nor must Adam ever know that she had borne him a child.

    Instead of must can I use should, is that would be inappropriate please let me know

    2. Jennifer had had no idea how painful it would be to leave the apartment.

    Kindly tell me why 'had' been used twice, if I use single would it will change the meaning of the sentence?

    3. Jennifer had never ridden in a helicopter and she had looked forward to it.

    Can I write the highlighted sentence as she was looking for to it or it would be grammatically incorrect/

    4. I haven't had a chance to meet him.

    Can I write the above sentence as
    I hadn't got time to meet him
    I didn't get the time to meet him...is this correct?

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    Re: Kinldy explain grammar usage

    Quote Originally Posted by new2grammar View Post
    I need a clarification on the grammar usage for the following sentences, which I have come across in a novel;

    1. She could never tell him, nor must Adam ever know that she had borne him a child.

    Instead of must can I use should, is that would be inappropriate please let me know. Yes you can, but it would be less forceful.

    2. Jennifer had had no idea how painful it would be to leave the apartment.

    Kindly tell me why 'had' been used twice, if I use single would it will change the meaning of the sentence? If you use only one "had" it would change the meaning.

    3. Jennifer had never ridden in a helicopter and she had looked forward to it.

    Can I write the highlighted sentence as she was looking for to it or it would be grammatically incorrect/ It would be grammatically correct but the meaning would change.

    4. I haven't had a chance to meet him.

    Can I write the above sentence as
    I hadn't got time to meet him
    I didn't get the time to meet him...is this correct? No, it changes the meaning.
    Bhai.




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    Re: Kinldy explain grammar usage

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Bhai.


    I haven't had a chance to meet him.

    I hadn't got time to meet him

    I didn't get the time to meet him

    Please explian the difference in the meanings of the above sentences

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    Re: Kinldy explain grammar usage

    Quote Originally Posted by new2grammar View Post
    I haven't had a chance to meet him.

    I hadn't got time to meet him

    I didn't get the time to meet him

    Please explian the difference in the meanings of the above sentences
    I haven't had a chance to meet him. = "I want to meet him, but I haven't had the opportunity."

    I hadn't got time to meet him. = "I wanted to meet him, but I didn't have enough time."

    I didn't get the time to meet him = "I was so busy that I couldn't find the time to meet him."
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 04-Dec-2009 at 17:51.

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