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    left

    -Only 5 days left for the exam, (are left)
    -He left the school.
    whats the meaning of left and whats the main v?
    whats the diffrence between them?
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    Re: left

    Quote Originally Posted by learner. View Post
    -There is Only 5 days (which is) left for the exam. -- reduced relative clause; passive voice; left = main verb
    -He left the school. -- active voice; left = main verb
    Only 5 days left for the exam. -- this is not a sentence; this is a noun phrase


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    Re: left

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    Only 5 days left for the exam. -- this is not a sentence; this is a noun phrase
    However, you will often hear it, with 'to' or 'until' rather than 'for'. We understand:

    (There are) only five days left (= remaining) to/until the exam.

    We could use 'for' in:

    Only five days left for revision.

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    Re: left

    left(past or present or Past participle)?
    is it from leave?
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    Re: left

    Leave/left can have (at least) two meanings:

    There are only five days left. Left=remaining.
    Three cookies are left on the plate. Left = remaining.
    Leave me some cookies = ensure some are still remaining
    I have to leave these here. They are too heavy to carry. = They will remain here.

    I left early to go home. Left=departed
    He left school. Left=departed permanently
    He left the school. Left=departed this one time (It's the "the" that makes the difference.)
    It's time to leave = depart
    When do you leave for your trip? = depart
    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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