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    It is years since I read "Gone with the wind", which is my favorite novel.

    It is years since I read "Gone with the wind", which is my favorite novel. If I were I would this as "It has been years since I have read "Gone with the wind" which is my favorite novel. What would you comment about this?

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    Re: It is years since I read "Gone with the wind", which is my favorite novel.

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    It is years since I read "Gone with the wind", which is my favorite novel. If I were I would this as "It has been years since I have read "Gone with the wind" which is my favorite novel. What would you comment about this?

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    I'm afraid your part in red doesn't make any sense. Usually I'm good at guessing what was omitted but not this time.
    Note Gone with the Wind requires a capital W in the title and that italics are your best choice for titles if possible.

    We've talked about this here before and while Americans tend to say "It has been years" I cannot recall if "It it years" is more common elsewhere.
    But what the sentence means is "Gone with the Wind is my favorite novel. The last time I read it was years ago."
    Last edited by Barb_D; 11-Apr-2014 at 18:23.
    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: It is years since I read "Gone with the wind", which is my favorite novel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'm afraid your part in red doesn't make any sense. Usually I'm good at guess what was omitted but not this time.
    Note Gone with the Wind requires a capital W in the title and that italics are your best choice for titles if possible.

    We've talked about this here before and while Americans tend to say "It has been years" I cannot recall if "It it years" is more common elsewhere.
    But what the sentence means is "Gone with the Wind is my favorite novel. The last time I read it was years ago."
    Oops! I missed "write". I meant to write "If I were I would write". Well, I got the answer. I think it's common in UK because I picked that up from the same IELTS book.

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    Re: It is years since I read "Gone with the wind", which is my favorite novel.

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    I meant to write "If I were I would write".
    That still doesn't make sense.

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    Re: It is years since I read "Gone with the wind", which is my favorite novel.

    Will it make sense if "the author" is added after "were"?

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    Re: It is years since I read "Gone with the wind", which is my favorite novel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Americans tend to say "It has been years" I cannot recall if "It it years" is more common elsewhere
    It may be common elsewhere because the Longman Dictionary says "It was exactly five years since her father had died."── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/since

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    #7

    Re: It is years since I read "Gone with the wind", which is my favorite novel.

    "It is/was years since ..." is fine in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It is years since I read "Gone with the wind", which is my favorite novel.

    I hear those constructions in AmE also.

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    Re: It is years since I read "Gone with the wind", which is my favorite novel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    That still doesn't make sense.
    It is years since I read "Gone with the wind", which is my favorite novel. If I were I would write the bold part as this; "It has been years since I have read "Gone with the wind" which is my favorite novel.

    Does it make any sense at least now?

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    Re: It is years since I read "Gone with the wind", which is my favorite novel.

    Until you follow the guidance about capitalizing the title of the novel properly, no further responses from me. Edit your post to show you read what people write, please.
    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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