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    #1

    Question spot the errors

    1.I had my house painting.
    2.He worked hard lest he failed.
    3.Give to me the pen.
    4.This pen isn't yours, is this?
    5.The boy felt proudly that he had won the prize.


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    #2

    Re: spot the errors

    You try first - we can then comment.

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    Re: spot the errors

    Quote Originally Posted by antonyprabu666 View Post
    1.I had my house painting.
    painted
    2.He worked hard lest he failed.
    failing
    3.Give to me the pen.
    to should be omitted
    4.This pen isn't yours, is this?
    it
    5.The boy felt proudly that he had won the prize.
    proud
    .................................................. .


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    #4

    Re: spot the errors

    #2 "He worked hard lest he fail."

    You have correctly identified the others.

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    #5

    Re: spot the errors

    I think lest is followed by gerund or could +inf...inst it?


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    #6

    Re: spot the errors

    As in so much English, not an absolute and unvarying rule.

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    Re: spot the errors

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    As in so much English, not an absolute and unvarying rule.
    Could you please explain more and tell me the right rule and answer?
    Could you please explain more and tell me the right rule and answer?



    it takes should or a subjunctive verb
    thanks in advance



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