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    word order

    Hi,

    Could you help me find out if the adverbs of time are in the right place in these sentences?

    Yesterday evening I wrote two letters.
    All yesterday evening I was writing letters.

    Thank you,
    heyt
    Last edited by heyt; 25-Jul-2010 at 18:25.

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    Re: word order

    Quote Originally Posted by heyt View Post
    Hi,

    Could you help me find out if the adverbs of time are in the right place in these sentences?

    Yesterday evening I wrote two letters.
    All yesterday evening I was writing letters.

    Thank you,
    heyt
    They're OK.
    Personally I'd write, "I was writing letters all yesterday evening" for the second.

    But, in the context of my having to come up with an alibi for yesterday evening, your ordering would be preferred, because the topic is "yesterday evening" rather than "writing letters".

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    Re: word order

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    This is interesting.
    Raymott, why would you use "was writing" here?
    I thought we should use "was verb+ing" when two things happen the same time.
    "I was writing letters when X happened."


    Cheers!

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    Re: word order

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    This is interesting.
    Raymott, why would you use "was writing" here?
    Because that's what the OP wrote. I merely transposed the adverbial phrase. It's not a big issue.

    I thought we should use "was verb+ing" when two things happen the same time.
    "I was writing letters when X happened."
    We do. But that doesn't mean we don't use it in other circumstances.
    Cheers!
    Policeman: What were you doing yesterday evening [when this woman was murdered.] It's implied that something did happen.
    Suspect: I was writing letters all evening yesterday.
    The progressive past implies that you were continuously involved in this activity. If you weren't, it wouldn't be an alibi.You wouldn't normally express this in any other way.

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