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    #1

    please explain the grammar

    1.

    My friemd, she works at a cd store
    can it be, my friend, she works with a cd store

    2.is this correct?
    Every Friday night I play bowling with my friends.

    3.
    He was pleased to hear such a fine musician playing his favorite piece of music.

    why i ashould use play instead of playing

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    I am looking forward to see you again

    is the above sentence wrong? why only seeing qwould be correct instead of to see.

    5. If I [was] you, I [wouldn't] interfered [in] his business.

    If I was you, I wouldn't have interfered in his business.
    is using have would be wrong in above sentence.

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    #2

    Re: please explain the grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by new2grammar View Post
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    My friend, she works at a CD store -- This is not a grammatically correct sentence.

    Can it be, my friend, she works with a CD store -- No. Unless she has a job like marketing or promotions and she goes to different stores and offers them her services. One of her clients is a CD store: she works with them.

    2.Is this correct?

    Every Friday night I play go bowling with my friends.

    3.
    He was pleased to hear such a fine musician playing his favorite piece of music.

    Why i _should use play instead of playing? Either is fine depending on context.

    4.

    I am looking forward to see you again

    Is the above sentence wrong? Why is only seeing would be correct instead of to see.

    'Seeing' is a gerund. It's a verb that functions as a noun.

    'To see' is a verb in infinitive form. It doesn't go in your sentence.
    'To' in your sentence is a preposition: 'looking forward to something'

    5. If I [was] you, I [wouldn't] interfered [in] his business.

    If I was you, I wouldn't have interfered in his business.

    Is using have would be wrong in above sentence.

    No. You need 'have' there.
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    #3

    Re: please explain the grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by new2grammar View Post
    1.

    My friemd, she works at a cd store
    can it be, my friend, she works with a cd store

    2.is this correct?
    Every Friday night I play bowling with my friends.

    3.
    He was pleased to hear such a fine musician playing his favorite piece of music.

    why i ashould use play instead of playing

    4.

    I am looking forward to see you again

    is the above sentence wrong? why only seeing qwould be correct instead of to see.

    5. If I [was] you, I [wouldn't] interfered [in] his business.

    If I was you, I wouldn't have interfered in his business.
    is using have would be wrong in above sentence.

    ***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****


    (1) I believe that most teachers suggest that you not write "My friend,

    she works at a CD store."

    (a) It would be better to say:

    My friend works at a CD store. / She works at a CD store.

    (2) Some people recommend that you say:

    If I were you (= I am not), I would not interfere tomorrow.

    (You say this to a friend who is planning to interfere tomorrow.)

    If I had been you [in that position yesterday] ( = I was not),

    I would not have interfered yesterday.


    Respectfully yours,


    James


    P.S. "If I was you, I would not interfere" is OK for regular English.

    For "perfect" English, I recommend that you say "If I were."

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    #4

    Re: please explain the grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by new2grammar View Post
    1. My friemd, she works at a cd store
    can it be, my friend, she works with a cd store

    I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.


    I would suggest some examples that might concern what you said:

    'My friend who works at a CD store owes me some money' or
    'My friend Jack, who works at a CD store, won 1,000 dollars in a lottery'.
    Last edited by AlexAD; 08-May-2011 at 18:13. Reason: Amended as per BarbD comment

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    #5

    Re: please explain the grammar

    In Asian English, "play bowling" is quite natural (Hong Kong, Singapore, India) so I would not call it incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: please explain the grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    I would suggest some examples that might concern what you said:

    'My friend who/that works at a CD store owe me some money' or
    'My friend Jack, which works at a CD store, won 1,000 dollars in a lottery'.
    Hi Alex,
    who works... owes me...
    who works
    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: please explain the grammar

    which is for things
    for people, use who

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    #8

    Re: please explain the grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post

    I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.


    I would suggest some examples that might concern what you said:

    'My friend who works at a CD store owes me some money' or
    'My friend Jack, who works at a CD store, won 1,000 dollars in a lottery'.
    Thank you for pointing my mistake, which was a bad one, out.

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