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    #1

    homeless, hungry people were standing / stood in line for food.

    It's not a homework.

    Beyond Prairie Avenue, where the Glessner house was located, were the factories, the railroad yeards and the slaughethouses of a great industrial city. Beyond, too, were the neighborhoods where homeless, hungry people were standing in line for food. For many times were hard in December 1893.

    It's an extract from my exercise book. I need to put a word "stand" into the gap. I put "were standing" but I think "stood" is also correct. Am I right?
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    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #2

    Re: homeless, hungry people were standing / stood in line for food.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    It's not a homework.

    Beyond Prairie Avenue, where the Glessner house was located, were the factories, the railroad yeards and the slaughethouses of a great industrial city. Beyond, too, were the neighborhoods where homeless, hungry people were standing in line for food. For many times were hard in December 1893.

    It's an extract from my exercise book. I need to put a word "stand" into the gap. I put "were standing" but I think "stood" is also correct. Am I right?
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    Yes "stood" is correct, too. There should be a comma after "For many".

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    #3

    Re: homeless, hungry people were standing / stood in line for food.

    Thanks for you reply.
    I'd be grateful if you exaplain to me why the comma is required. Just out of interest.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #4

    Re: homeless, hungry people were standing / stood in line for food.

    I guess "For many" means "For many people", so a comma is needed.
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    #5

    Re: homeless, hungry people were standing / stood in line for food.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I guess "For many" means "For many people", so a comma is needed.
    Even if we add the word 'people', a comma is till desirable. When we begin a sentence with a subordinate clause or adverbial phrase, we usually follow it with a comma.
    Last edited by 5jj; 05-Mar-2014 at 06:19. Reason: typo

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    #6

    Re: homeless, hungry people were standing / stood in line for food.

    As has been said, 'People were standing in line' and 'People stood in line' are both correct.

    However, you'll hear many native speakers incorrectly say 'People were stood in line'.

    Similarly, 'People were sitting in rows' and 'People sat in rows' are correct, but 'People were sat in rows' is wrong.

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    #7

    Re: homeless, hungry people were standing / stood in line for food.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Thanks for you reply.
    I'd be grateful if you exaplain to me why the comma is required. Just out of interest.
    The comma is important there to stop readers from stumbling. One could read "many" as an adjective describing "times". [For many times] is a big difference from [For many, times].

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    #8

    Re: homeless, hungry people were standing / stood in line for food.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    One could read "many" as an adjective describing "times". [For many times] is a big difference from [For many, times].
    I did, at first glance.

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    #9

    Re: homeless, hungry people were standing / stood in line for food.

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I did, at first glance.
    So did I.

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