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    Water bottles

    Hi guys,

    Please check these parahgraphs.

    "I went to my aunt's house. I filled some bottles so that I could drink water, but I didn't put them into fridge so that I get normal water when I open them and drink water with them. I left them out side".

    "I put water bottles in fridge because I knew that, If I didn't do so, I would not get cold water".

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    #2

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    The first set of sentences is barely understandable.

    The second sentence is much better, but it needs a little help.

    "I put water bottles in the fridge because I knew that [no comma]if I didn't do so, I would not have cold water".

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    But what about my first parahgraph? What are the gramatical mistakes. I have come to know that if we want to depict a future happening while talking about past we have to use present there. So I just want to learn that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    But what about my first parahgraph? What are the gramatical mistakes. I have come to know that if we want to depict a future happening while talking about past we have to use present there. So I just want to learn that.
    Here's the bit you want in the present tense:
    "... so that now I get normal lukewarm water when I open them and drink them."
    "so that" is wrong in this context.
    The above is right if you wanted cold water, but forgot to put them in the fridge. If you wanted warm water, either the above, or:
    "... so that I would get warm water when I opened and drank them."

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    OK if are using "So that" then we can't use present, we have to continue in past if we are talking about future happening. Is it correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    OK if are using "So that" then we can't use present, we have to continue in past if we are talking about future happening. Is it correct?
    No, that's not the point. "So that" means "in order that" in sentence 1 below.
    1. "I put the bottle in the fridge so that it would be cold". You put it in the fridge with the intention of making it cold.
    2. "I put the bottle in the fridge. So it will be cold." This doesn't imply intention, only the effect of it having been in the fridge.
    3. "I put the bottle in the fridge so it will be cold." This is ambiguous. It might imply your intention, and it might not - because we don't know whether an implied 'that' has been left out. A comma before 'so' would suggest it means the same as 2.

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    I am getting confused now, just tell me if there is a future happening in our past depiction, do we need to use "present or can we also use past", Is it upto us?
    Last edited by tufguy; 29-May-2014 at 18:14.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    I am getting confused now, just tell me if there is a future happening in our past depiction, do we need to use "present or can we also use past", Is it upto us?
    I thought you'd get confused. You want simple answers to questions that don't have them.

    You have provided "I put water bottles in fridge because I knew that, If I didn't do so, I would not get cold water".
    That sentence is in the past and has a future happening which is expressed in the past. So, no, it's always necessary to use the present tense. But no, it's not up to us - it depends on the context.
    Last edited by Raymott; 30-May-2014 at 01:50.

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    Please check these. "On sunday it started raining so I brought tablle in so that it would not get wet or it doesn't get wet". "I put eggs in the fridge so that their yellow parts do not get mixed with white part or would not get mixed woth white part"?

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    Sentence one - "so that it would not get wet". You mentioned a specific time, Sunday, so that is when you were worried about it getting wet.
    Sentence two - It depends on whether the eggs are still in the fridge for this purpose. If they are, you may use the first version (because it's still present), or the second. If not, you use the second (because it's past).

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