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    Simple present

    Hi everyone, I came back again after a long time with my usual English practice. I need your help for proofreading.
    1) Bobby inspects his car carefully when it doesn't work or have jerks.
    2) Helen advises her sisters to avoid dogs as much as possible for they bite.
    3) Andy jogs around the truck for 30 minutes during his practice list.
    4) The naughty girl jumbles her clothes up when she is in hurry.
    5) Peter jots down my phone number in a piece of paper in order to forget it.
    6) Willy leans his ladder against the wall when he is going to fix the leaking roof.
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    Re: Simple present

    Quote Originally Posted by Atchan View Post
    1) Bobby inspects his car carefully when it doesn't work or have jerks.
    2) Helen advises her sisters to avoid dogs as much as possible for they bite.
    3) Andy jogs around the truck for 30 minutes during his practice list.
    4) The naughty girl jumbles her clothes up when she is in hurry.
    5) Peter jots down my phone number in a piece of paper in order to forget it.
    6) Willy leans his ladder against the wall when he is going to fix the leaking roof.
    Welcome back.

    Remember that when you use the simple present, you are suggesting that it is a repeated, habitual action.

    1. This means that every time the car doesn't work, Bobby inspects it carefully. That would be okay, but "have jerks" doesn't make any sense.
    2. Okay, but "for they bite" would be better as "because they bite."
    3. What is a practice list? Why would he jog around his truck? That would be a very tiny circle. Spending 30 minutes doing that would probably mean he circles it 75 times or so!
    4. This may be okay. What do you mean by "jumbles" her clothes up?
    5. ON a piece of paper - but this one should be in the past. Peter jotted down my phone number on a piece of paper. It doesn't make any sense to say he did it to forget it. If he wanted to forget it, he wouldn't write it down.
    6. Okay, as long as you mean "every time."
    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: Simple present

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Welcome back.

    Remember that when you use the simple present, you are suggesting that it is a repeated, habitual action.
    I know the rule. Thank you for the reminding.

    3. What is a practice list? Why would he jog around his truck? That would be a very tiny circle. Spending 30 minutes doing that would probably mean he circles it 75 times or so!
    I mean that he has a list of practices including running, skipping and etc. So maybe it was better for me to say "list of practices".

    4. This may be okay. What do you mean by "jumbles" her clothes up?
    Jumble means mixture "an untidy and confused mixture of things"

    5. ON a piece of paper - but this one should be in the past. Peter jotted down my phone number on a piece of paper. It doesn't make any sense to say he did it to forget it. If he wanted to forget it, he wouldn't write it down.
    I know that but it was a typo
    Thank you very much for your continues helping.
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    Re: Simple present

    Quote Originally Posted by Atchan View Post
    1) Bobby inspects his car carefully when it doesn't work or have jerks.
    2) Helen advises her sisters to avoid dogs as much as possible for they bite.
    3) Andy jogs around the truck for 30 minutes during his practice list.
    4) The naughty girl jumbles her clothes up when she is in hurry.
    5) Peter jots down my phone number in a piece of paper in order to forget it.
    6) Willy leans his ladder against the wall when he is going to fix the leaking roof.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Yes, welcome back! Your challenging questions have been very

    much missed.

    May I suggest a few changes?

    Andy's exercise routine includes 30 minutes of jogging around the truck.

    (Did you mean "track"?)

    Whenever the girl is in a hurry, she just throws on any old thing and leaves home.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

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    Oh my goodness - of course it was track. I can't believe that didn't occur to me!

    Thanks Parser!
    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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