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    I know they are wrong but....

    I have several sentences which I know are incorrect, however I am finding it difficult to express why ..

    I arrived last Xmas so I'm here since six months now. wrong tense ?should be (I've been here)
    I've read the book last week. ahould be (I read)
    It was such an awful weather I stayed at home. (no need for an)
    I enjoy to play football. (Present continuous playing)
    I'm having a terrible headache. wrong tense: should be (I have))
    Always check the tyres before to go on a long journey (before going) or before you go. Thank you.

    How easily we take for granted the English language !

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    Re: I know they are wrong but....

    Quote Originally Posted by mwanza View Post
    I have several sentences which I know are incorrect, however I am finding it difficult to express why ..

    I arrived last Xmas so I'm here since six months now. wrong tense ?should be (I've been here) Use "for" for a period of time and "since" with a precise point in time.
    I've read the book last week. ahould be (I read) Don't use the present perfect with a time reference.
    It was such an awful weather I stayed at home. (no need for an) "Weather" is uncountable.
    I enjoy to play football. (Present continuous playing) When "enjoy" is followed by a verb it's always in the continuous form.
    I'm having a terrible headache. wrong tense: should be (I have)) "Having" can only be used with intangible things, like "having a good time", "having fun" for example.
    Always check the tyres before to go on a long journey (before going) or before you go. Thank you. When "before" is followed by a verb it's always in the continuous form.

    How easily we take for granted the English language !
    Bhai.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 04-Jan-2010 at 16:14. Reason: To finish my reply


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    Re: I know they are wrong but....

    Hi,
    It was very useful post and I have seen these problems since I start learning English.
    I will be grateful if I find more details about these articles.

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