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    2 sentences.

    here are 2 sentences i would like comment on.
    1. My mum says cooking difficult.

    2.My mum saying cooking is difficult.

    Are they grammatically correct? My mum hates cooking because she feels difficult in cooking, and this is my meaning. I would like to know which sentences closely convey my meaning.

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    Re: 2 sentences.

    Hi.
    Cooking is difficult.

    Otherwise, there was no verb in the part that tells us what she said.
    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: 2 sentences.

    Quote Originally Posted by sayla View Post
    here are 2 sentences i would like comment on.
    1. My mum says cooking difficult.

    2.My mum saying cooking is difficult.

    Are they grammatically correct? My mum hates cooking because she feels difficult in cooking, and this is my meaning. I would like to know which sentences closely convey my meaning.
    Neither of your sentences is right. You want:
    "My mum says cooking is difficult."

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    Re: 2 sentences.

    Would you like to explain more details. i would like to know which grammartical rules proves my sentence is incorrect. I put the subject-verb-object rule on the 2 sentences, and i thought that my mum, the subject, says, the verb and cooking, the object, then, diffcult modfy cooking or the verbs, says.

    HOW ABOUT this:
    My mum says that cooking is diffciult

    is this sentence wrong too?

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    Re: 2 sentences.

    My mum says [that] cooking is difficult.

    Okay with or without the "that."
    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: 2 sentences.

    Sorry, i still not get it. I see 2 verbs in one senetnce, says and is. Is this breaking the sentence rule? Also, i would like to know why putting that in the sentence is grammatically acceptable.

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    Re: 2 sentences.

    Quote Originally Posted by sayla View Post
    Sorry, i still not get it. I see 2 verbs in one senetnce, says and is. Is this breaking the sentence rule? Also, i would like to know why putting that in the sentence is grammatically acceptable.
    There are two verbs in that sentence! There isn't a limit on how many verbs you can have in one sentence - the only rule is that there must be AT LEAST one!!

    So - My mum says [something]. What does she say? That cooking is difficult. = My mum says [that] cooking is difficult.

    You can have many verbs in one sentence. For example:

    I like to read while watching TV, but when they show something good on TV I watch it very carefully so I can tell my friends about it later.

    Six verbs. One sentence. Do you think there is a problem with that?

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    Re: 2 sentences.

    Quote Originally Posted by sayla View Post
    Sorry, i still not get it. I see 2 verbs in one senetnce, says and is. Is this breaking the sentence rule? Also, i would like to know why putting that in the sentence is grammatically acceptable.
    My mum says [that] cooking is difficult.
    As above. I just wanted to add that this sentence has a main clause with the verb 'says' and a subordinate clause with the verb 'is'. That's the grammar.
    Your original two sentences each have two clauses, but only one finite verb. That's your error.

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