Could you correct this small paragraph please?
This is an English pub.There are a few men and very few women. It is almost closing time, eleven o’clock. One of the men in the pub is called Tim Scott. He spends a lot of time in pubs. His wife is at home. She had dinner alone two hours ago. In fact, she has had dinner alone a few times since she got married. When he arrived, she asked, “Where were you, Tim? Don’t answer me; you were in the pub again! And Tim answered, “Well, not really, we had a lot of work in the warehouse”.
Thanks in advance.
Thank you for your reply. I didn't know it will be better in the simple present. I really thought the simple past will be much better.
Hi,Well, you started with the present simple. "This is an English pub" and "It is almost closing time". I assumed that the part at the end where Tim goes home to his wife happens on the same evening, so it makes sense for it also to be written in the present simple.
You are right. Now I can see it. Thank you for your explanation.
When he arrives, she asks, “Where were you, Tim? Don’t answer me; you were in the pub again! And Tim answers, “Well, not really, we had a lot of work in the warehouse”.
One last question please
Shouldn't it be better to say, When he arrives home, she asks ...'
Last edited by learning54; 21-May-2012 at 22:27.