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    just grammar

    "It took me a while to translate this article. If it had not been for the dictionary you gave to me, I could not have done it."?
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    #2

    Re: just grammar

    '...to me' - not 'tome'.

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    #3

    Re: just grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    '...to me' - not 'tome'.
    Sorry!

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    Re: just grammar

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "It took me a while to translate this article. If it had not been for the dictionary you gave to me, I could not have done it."?
    Your sentence is correct. But personally I would say it differently:

    It took me (some time/a long time) to translate this article. Were it not [for] the dictionary you (gave me/lent me), I wouldn't have been able to do it.

    or

    It took me (some time/a long time) to translate this article. I wouldn't be able to do it without the dictionary you (gave me/lent me).

    or maybe the simpler

    It took me (some time/a long time) to translate this article. Were it not [for] the dictionary you (gave me/lent me), I wouldn't have done it.

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    Re: just grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Abstract Idea View Post
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    Your sentence is correct. But personally I would say it differently:

    It took me (some time/a long time) to translate this article. Were it not [for] the dictionary you (gave me/lent me), I wouldn't have been able to do it.

    or

    It took me (some time/a long time) to translate this article. I wouldn't be able to do it without the dictionary you (gave me/lent me).

    or maybe the simpler

    It took me (some time/a long time) to translate this article. Were it not [for] the dictionary you (gave me/lent me), I wouldn't have done it.
    With all due respect, you change the meaning of the sentence in my post.
    Both parts of the conditinal sentence refer to a point in the past, whereas your senteces "mixed conditionals" have a slightly different meaning. "It it were not.." rferes to the unreal future not the past. "I wouln't be able.." refers the unreal future as well.

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