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    Post What's wrong with it if I say...

    Dear teachers,

    "I made a cake this morning. It was delicious, would you like some?"

    Would you please show me why it is inappropriate in the above sentences if I use "it was delicious". What does 'it was delicious' imply?

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    Re: What's wrong with it if I say...

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear teachers,

    "I made a cake this morning. It was delicious, would you like some?"

    Would you please show me why it is inappropriate in the above sentences if I use "it was delicious". What does 'it was delicious' imply?
    I guess the problem is that "It was delicious" suggests that the cake is gone/finished/has been eaten. If that is the case, then it is impossible to say "Would you like some?" because it appears there is none left.

    If you say "I made a cake this morning. It is delicious." OR "I made a delicious cake this morning" then there is no suggestion that it has all been eaten, and therefore it is perfectly reasonable that you are offering someone a piece of the cake.

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    Re: What's wrong with it if I say...

    (It also had a comma splice. You need something other than a comma (a period, a semi-colon, even a dash, perhaps) after "delicious.")
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What's wrong with it if I say...

    I agree with emsr2d2 that it sounds like it's finished. This is because the 'it' in 'it was delicious' means the cake. However, if you say:

    'My mum made a cake this morning. I had a slice and it was delicous. ... Would you like some?'

    the 'it' means 'a slice' so the sentence is fine.

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