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    Lightbulb Are the following sentences grammatically correct ?

    1. If the price of petrol had not increased, the car hadn't been sold. --> is this correct ?

    OR.. should it be corrected as : If the price of petrol had not been increased, the car hadn't been sold.


    2. The girl you gave a book to yesterday, is in my class. --> can we say this with out "to" ??? is it wrong ?

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    Re: Are the following sentences grammatically correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Joe View Post
    1. If the price of petrol had not increased, the car hadn't been sold. --> is this correct ?

    OR.. should it be corrected as : If the price of petrol had not been increased, the car hadn't been sold.

    Neither one makes any sense.

    If the price of petrol had not increased, the car would not have sold. (This is illogical but grammatical.)
    If the price of petrol had increased, the car would not have sold. (Logical and grammatical.)
    If the price of petrol had not increased, the car would have sold. (Logical and grammatical.)

    Please start a new thread for question #2.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 03-Jul-2014 at 07:33. Reason: Corrected repeated sentence
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Are the following sentences grammatically correct ?

    The last two examples are identical.

    If the price of petrol had not increased, the car would not have been sold. (The owner could have afforded to run it.)

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    Re: Are the following sentences grammatically correct ?

    Thanks, I've edited it so that my three examples are now different.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Are the following sentences grammatically correct ?

    Thanks for replying !

    If the price of petrol had increased, the car would not have sold.

    My question is : If the price of petrol had increased --- > shouldn't this be in passive voice ??? (here who had increased the price ?? -- if there is no nay clear subject, shouldn't it be in passive voice ???) otherwise what are the Subject and Object of this sentence ? just see this : If Joe had increased the house rent --> here joe is a person (Subject) and the house-rent is the Object !!!

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    Re: Are the following sentences grammatically correct ?

    It doesn't matter who increased the price of petrol. If you want to use the passive voice, you could say 'If the price of petrol had been increased...' but the original is just fine.


    Please note that a better title would have been The price of petrol.

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    Re: Are the following sentences grammatically correct ?

    The subject of the sentence is "price" and the verb is "had (not) increased". It is not passive voice.

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