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    Is this sentence grammartical correct?

    From:He goes to his uncle’s farm and helps him works 3 jobs there.
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    ......."helps him work"or"help him to work? or else?
    and why?

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    #2

    Re: Is this sentence grammartical correct?

    I don't think you mean "three jobs." You may mean three chores, or three tasks.
    Also, you used the present tense, which implies that it's a repeated action.

    Every day after school, he goes to his uncle's farm and helps his uncle with three tasks/chores/something else?

    NOTE: I have edited my post to correct a typo that caused confusion. Sorry for that.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 23-Feb-2012 at 19:28.
    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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    #3

    Re: Is this sentence grammartical correct?

    I agree that it is better to use "three tast".

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    #4

    Re: Is this sentence grammartical correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Suthipong View Post
    I agree that it is better to use "three tast".
    ...three tasks.

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    #5

    Re: Is this sentence grammartical correct?

    Also, you use the present tense,
    Hi Barb_D
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    You used present indefinite tense in this main clause. It does not seem natural to me(though I am not an English native speaker). Can you help me understand please?
    Last edited by sumon.; 23-Feb-2012 at 18:42. Reason: not

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    #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by sumon. View Post
    Hi Barb_D
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    You used present indefinite tense in this main clause. It does seem natural to me(though I am not an English native speaker). Can you help me understand please?
    I'm not Barb, but I might be able to explain. We use the present indefinite (simple present) to talk about habitual action. You used it in your example.
    "Also, you use the present tense ..."
    Using the present tense is a habitual or indefinite action. That is, to use the present tense in a certain situation is an indefinite action. It's timeless. "One uses the present tense in this situation." This is true yesterday, today and tomorrow. What could be more "present indefinite" than that?

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    Re: Is this sentence grammartical correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    We use the present indefinite (simple present) to talk about habitual action.
    You write "We use the present indefinite (simple present) to talk about habitual action."

    My example, and Barb's, are not habitual actions. I could have written, "You wrote ...", and normally would write that, but I used the present because your writing is in front of me as I type. I think that Barb's use of the present simple was similar.

    It's not uncommon to hear "You say/write in your report ...", especially if the report is in the speaker's hand.

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    #8

    Re: Is this sentence grammartical correct?

    Thank you.
    But I forget to type 'not'. It would be
    'It does not seem natural to me.'.


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    #9

    Re: Is this sentence grammartical correct?

    Simple answer: I made a typo because I changed my mind about what I wanted to say.
    You used [in your example], which implies...
    You use... when you want to...

    My sentence should have read "you used."
    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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    #10

    Re: Is this sentence grammartical correct?

    Oh, I misread Barb's original. I was responding to the quote in #5. My reply was an answer to the question: "Why did you say, 'You use the present tense ...'?"
    Sorry about that.

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