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    as what I did

    "Don't lose your passport as what I did last summer." Shouldn't it be "as I did last summer?
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    Re: as what I did

    Yes, you're right.
    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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    /A learner/

    Is he?

    "Don't lose you passport as what I did last summer." Shouldn't it be "as I did it last summer?

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    Re: as what I did

    No, it is "as I did last summer."

    "As I did it" would be about how something was done, not the fact that it was done.

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    #5

    Re: as what I did

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No, it is "as I did last summer."

    "As I did it" would be about how something was done, not the fact that it was done.
    What about this below?

    Don't lose your passport the way I did it last summer.
    Don't lose your passport like I did it last summer.
    Don't lose your passport as I did it last summer.

    Do all these three mean the same?

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    Is there some special method or unique way that you lost your passport?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Is there some special method or unique way that you lost your passport?
    I just read in a text-book that in some variations of English we might possibly hear such things. So I wrongfully assumed it was American.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Is there some special method or unique way that you lost your passport?
    Either the way or method doesn't matter actually. Who care for the way.

    Don't lose your passport;I did it last summer.
    Is this sentence wrong as well?
    Does it mean how something was done? I don't think so.

    I thought that an oversight had happened but it turned to your saying it wasn't the case.

    Anyway the distinction between the sentence without "it" and with "it" is still strange to me.

    Is it about the difference between Am E and Br E, maybe?

    I had been so many times warned about my missing the "it" in similar sentences that I can't easily accept your explanation.

    How to say the sentence

    Don't lose your passport as I did last summer.

    using the passive voice?

    Don't use your passport as happened to me last year. or (What's the subject in the latter clause?)

    Don't use your passport as it happened to me last year.
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    #9

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    e2e4 - you have to delete that "it."

    As I did last summer.
    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: as what I did

    I don't know how to be clearer. When you say "as I did it" you are referring to the manner in which you did something. Not the fact that it was done.

    Example: "I got stuck in traffic, then had a flat tire. I had to call a cab and have my wife get the car from the freeway. I made my plane, but I would not recommend that you journey to the airport as I did it last week."

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