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    Sentence structure

    I have problems at times structuring my sentences. This is the sentence. Is it correct? What are the rules? Where can I study more?


    We had been on a waiting list with Catholic Charities to adopt a child for seven years.
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    Re: Sentence structure

    Quote Originally Posted by BJoeR View Post
    I have problems at times structuring my sentences. This is the sentence. Is it correct? What are the rules? Where can I study more?




    We had been on a waiting list with Catholic Charities to adopt a child for seven years.
    There is nothing wrong with the sentence structure but your use of the past perfect ("had been") in this statement suggests that some resulting or follow-on action occurred after the seven year period. For example, "We had been on a waiting list ...........when we were notified that our application was approved". Rather, if that is not what you intended, then you might have used the present perfect as in "We have been on a waiting list.............for seven years.

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    Re: Sentence structure

    You could put 'for seven years' after 'Charities' to avoid any ambiguity.

    Some people might think you were going to send the child back after seven years.

    Rover

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