Results 1 to 7 of 7
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Italian
      • Home Country:
      • Italy
      • Current Location:
      • Italy

    • Join Date: Jun 2014
    • Posts: 13
    #1

    Is the sentence correct?

    A: «Why didn’t you call him?»

    B: «Even if I had wanted to, I wouldn’t have been able to call him because of my broken phone»

    If it’s wrong, what’s the correct one? Thanks!

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #2

    Re: Is the sentence correct?

    If you end the sentence with a period and use the proper quotation marks "" you'll be fine.

  1. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,843
    #3

    Re: Is the sentence correct?

    Note that thread titles should include all or some of the words/phrases you are querying. A good title for this would have been "Why didn't you call him?"

    Also, I find "I wouldn't have been able to call him because my phone's broken" much more natural than "because of my broken phone".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Italian
      • Home Country:
      • Italy
      • Current Location:
      • Italy

    • Join Date: Jun 2014
    • Posts: 13
    #4

    Re: Is the sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    If you end the sentence with a period and use the proper quotation marks "" you'll be fine.
    Why are they («, ») wrong?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Italian
      • Home Country:
      • Italy
      • Current Location:
      • Italy

    • Join Date: Jun 2014
    • Posts: 13
    #5

    Re: Is the sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note that thread titles should include all or some of the words/phrases you are querying. A good title for this would have been "Why didn't you call him?"

    Also, I find "I wouldn't have been able to call him because my phone's broken" much more natural than "because of my broken phone".
    Well, I got it.

    Is there any searching box for the arguments of the threads?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #6

    Re: Is the sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Xanthos View Post
    Why are they («, ») wrong?
    Because they aren't what we use in English.

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,843
    #7

    Re: Is the sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Xanthos View Post

    Is there any searching box for the arguments of the threads?
    I don't know what you mean by this.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Similar Threads

  1. Sentence problem. Which sentence is correct ?
    By Ruchika Birla in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 13-Aug-2013, 21:44
  2. Sentence problem. Which sentence is correct ?
    By Ruchika Birla in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 13-Aug-2013, 21:40
  3. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 27-Aug-2012, 17:43
  4. Which is the correct sentence for reporting the sentence?
    By Tan Elaine in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-Sep-2011, 15:13
  5. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-Jul-2011, 20:36

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •