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    Have you given in your essay?

    Have you given in your essay to teacher and she said that there were errors is essay but didn't say what were those?

    Is the above the correct way to ask that Didn't your teacher tell you the errors in your essay? ?

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    Re: Have you given in your essay?

    If you're sure he turned it in, but you're not sure about the corrections, you could say something like
    So you turned in your essay, and your teacher said there were errors, but did she tell you what they were?


    Note: turned in, not given in, and an article with essay - the essay, your essay, and "what they were" not "what were those."
    Last edited by Barb_D; 03-Jun-2012 at 16:09.
    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: Have you given in your essay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post

    Note: turned in, not given in,
    But in this give in - definition of give in by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. it says that the phrase give in also means submit.

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    Re: Have you given in your essay?

    So it does. That's not American usage. I expect our speakers of other dialects will chime in if it's right or wrong there.
    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: Have you given in your essay?

    I would understand the meaning if someone said "He gave in his homework" but I would use and expect to hear "He handed in his homework".

    As far as your original question is concerned, "
    Have you given in your essay to teacher and she said that there were errors is essay but didn't say what were those?" is not correct. It would be better as "Are you saying/Are you telling me that you handed in your essay and then your teacher gave it back saying that it contained errors but without telling you what those errors were?"

    It's not an easy sentence to construct. To be honest, it's not entirely necessary to mention that the essay was handed in. It would be impossible for the teacher to comment on it if it had not been handed in.

    Did your teacher not tell you what the errors in your essay were when she gave it back to you?

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    Re: Have you given in your essay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I expect our speakers of other dialects will chime in if it's right or wrong there.
    Are you saying that you are expecting the other native speakers to express their opinions?

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    Re: Have you given in your essay?

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Are you saying that you are expecting the other native speakers to express their opinions?
    BarbD started that post with "It's not American usage". The rest of her post meant that she was sure that other members of this forum who are not American English speakers would tell you whether or not it is correct usage in their particular version of English.

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