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    More than what you are supposed to.

    Hello teachers,

    I traveled in a bus. I gave 10$( our currency is rupee, just for your convenience) to get 6$ ticket.He returned 5$.Can I say the below sentence?

    You gave me more change than you are supposed to.

    I just don't want to mention the numbers.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by david11; 16-Dec-2011 at 13:02. Reason: typo

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    Re: More than what you are supposed to.

    [QUOTE=david11;833298]

    You gave me more change than you are suppose to.


    NOT A TEACHER


    Excuse me, sir/ ma'am, but you gave me too much change.

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    Re: More than what you are supposed to.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post


    Excuse me, sir/ ma'am, but you gave me too much change.
    I would say that in BrE/AusE, it would be more common to say, "... you've given me too much change."
    The action [has] only just occurred, and something must be done in the present (or future) to amend it.
    If I waited until I was getting off the bus, or even the next day (if I had a restless night of guilt for having accepted 5 cents too much), I'd say, "... you gave me too much change yesterday."
    Last edited by Raymott; 16-Dec-2011 at 14:28.

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    Re: More than what you are supposed to.

    [QUOTE=Raymott;833328]I would say that in BrE/AusE, it would be more common to say, "... you've given me too much change."


    Yes, absolutely. In perfect American English, too. Thank you for the correction.

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    Re: More than what you are supposed to.

    This is one of those times that Americans do use the simple past over the present perfect, I think. While the present perfect is alive and well, I'm pretty sure I'd say "you gave me" in this case. I'm not sure why, since it certainly merits the present perfect, having just happened and related to the current situation.
    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: More than what you are supposed to.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    This is one of those times that Americans do use the simple past over the present perfect, I think. While the present perfect is alive and well, I'm pretty sure I'd say "you gave me" in this case. I'm not sure why, since it certainly merits the present perfect, having just happened and related to the current situation.
    I agree. Even if it had happened just a few seconds ago, if I were still standing by the bus driver with the money in my hand, I would say "You gave me too much change."
    The present perfect is absolutely fine, of course, but I would just use the past simple myself.

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    Re: More than what you are supposed to.

    Thank you for your replies.

    May I take that my sentence is not incorrect but not natural?

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    Re: More than what you are supposed to.

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Thank you for your replies.

    May I take that my sentence is not incorrect but not natural?
    If you are talking about your original sentence - "You gave me more change than you are supposed to", I have one piece of advice:

    The tenses should match: You gave me more change than you were supposed to.

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    Re: More than what you are supposed to.

    And I think it's lovely that we are debating the grammar instead of saying "Cool! Extra money!" and shoving it our pocket and thanking our good fortune. It's nice to see ethics trumping greed.
    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: More than what you are supposed to.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The tenses should match: You gave me more change than you were supposed to.
    Yes ma'am. I didn't notice it.

    So,Can I take it as correct?

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