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    lest disturbes or disturbed

    Hi guys,

    "He didn't come out of the room so that nobody would get disturbed", is this sentence correct?

    I read one more sentence, that is, "he didn't come out lest he disturbes anyone"(so why we didn't use disturbed in this sentence? we are talking about the past).

    So when we talk about the past using "so that", we have to use the past form after "so that" is that right? we cant use present perfect or present simple. Please explain.

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    "He didn't come out lest he disturb anyone." It's using the subjunctive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    "He didn't come out of the room so that nobody would get disturbed", is this sentence correct?
    It's ugly and be disturbed would be better. It would read better to me if you used something like because he didn't want to disturb anybody.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 12-Mar-2014 at 17:00. Reason: minor typo

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    So, my sentence is correct, but you didn't answer the other questions, and i have one more doubt we don't use past after lest(Like:-"he left early lest he get late", but if we are not using lest than we should say, "he left early so that he would not get late", or "he didn't get late")is this right? but if you are not using lest you can't use simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    So, my sentence is correct, but you didn't answer the other questions, and i have one more doubt we don't use past after lest(Like:-"he left early lest he get late", but if we are not using lest than we should say, "he left early so that he would not get late", or "he didn't get late")is this right? but if you are not using lest you can't use simple.
    It would, perhaps, be nice if you thanked those who have helped you so far instead of starting a post the way you started this one.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    It would also be nice if you made some effort to break up your messages into reasonable sentences, as you have been asked before.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 12-Mar-2014 at 23:01.

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