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  1. B45
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    I was there with my family and we were with a tour and this was back in the 90's.

    My son writes in a report:

    I was there with my family and we were with a tour and this was back in the 90's.

    VS

    I was there with my family on a tour and this was back in the 90's.

    Are both okay? What would a native say?

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    Re: I was there with my family and we were with a tour and this was back in the 90's.

    The first is very long-winded and it has too many "and"s. It would be perfectly reasonable to hear a native speaker say it because we generally don't think ahead when we talk. We start a sentence and then we just keep adding to it!

    In writing though, I would use "I went there on a tour with my family back in the 90s".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I was there with my family and we were with a tour and this was back in the 90's.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The first is very long-winded and it has too many "and"s. It would be perfectly reasonable to hear a native speaker say it because we generally don't think ahead when we talk. We start a sentence and then we just keep adding to it!

    In writing though, I would use "I went there on a tour with my family back in the 90s".
    So - I was there with my family on a tour - is wrong.

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    Re: I was there with my family and we were with a tour and this was back in the 90's.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    There's nothing wrong with your sentence. The question is would native speakers say it?
    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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    Re: I was there with my family and we were with a tour and this was back in the 90's.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    There's nothing wrong with your sentence. The question is would native speakers say it?
    I was there with my family on a tour is the exact opposite of emsr2d2 suggested, so I just want to be sure.

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    Re: I was there with my family and we were with a tour and this was back in the 90's.

    W​hy do you think my version is the exact opposite of yours? Are you solely referring to the word order of "on a tour" and "with my family"?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 27-Apr-2014 at 16:37.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I was there with my family and we were with a tour and this was back in the 90's.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    W​hey do you think my version is the exact opposite of yours? Are you solely referring to the word order of "on a tour" and "with my family"?
    Yes, the word order is opposite from your suggestions.

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    Re: I was there with my family and we were with a tour and this was back in the 90's.

    Your word order is not wrong, but it sounds better to me the way emsr2d2 said it.

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