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    Which of the above is correct?

    I wondered: “What if there had no one to turn to, what if I were single, what is I had no one to look after me when I am at home after my discharge from hospital?

    I wondered: “What if there had no one to turn to? What if I were single? What is I had no one to look after me when I am at home after my discharge from hospital?

    Which of the above is correct?

    Thanks.
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    Re: Which of the above is correct?

    Could someone please help? Thanks.

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    Re: Which of the above is correct?

    None of those sentences are correct.

    "What if there had no one to turn to" is not grammatical. Have you omitted a word?
    In your first example, ", what if I were single?" should have been a full stop and a new sentence.
    In both examples, you have put "What is I had no-one ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which of the above is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Which of the below is correct?

    I wondered: “What if there had been no one to turn to, what if I weresingle, what if I had no one to look after me when I was at home after my discharge from the hospital?” [We Americans say the hospital. The British might say hospital. One of them can tell you.]

    I wondered: “What if there had been no one to turn to? What if I were single? What if I had no one to look after me when I was at home after my discharge from hospital?”

    Which of the above is correct?

    Thanks.
    The second is more standard, but both are acceptable. Normally, we would separate the three sentences. You might want to connect them with commas for artistic effect, but you should probably stick to normal usage and structure until you know that you're completely fluent in the language.

    You're welcome!
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 10-Aug-2014 at 17:25.

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    Re: Which of the above is correct?

    Hello.
    My guess is that the OP probably meant either 'What if there were no one [...]' or 'What if I had no one [...]'

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    Re: Which of the above is correct?

    Hi.
    I wondered: “What if there had been no one to turn to, what if I weresingle, what if I had no one to look after me when I was at home after my discharge from the hospital?” [We Americans say the hospital. The British might say hospital. One of them can tell you.]

    Is it possible here to have the colon after I wondered and question mark at the end of that sentence, please?

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    Re: Which of the above is correct?

    Thanks to all the members who responded.

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    Re: Which of the above is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.
    My guess is that the OP probably meant either 'What if there were no one [...]' or 'What if I had no one [...]'
    Very possibly. But made sense to me as written: What if there hadn't been anyone to turn to? Then I'd be in deep doo-wah-diddy right now!

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    Re: Which of the above is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujiminoo View Post
    Hello.
    My guess is that the OP probably meant either 'What if there were no one [...]' or 'What if I had no one [...]'
    Hi tzufujiminon,

    You are correct.

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    Re: Which of the above is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks to all the members who responded.
    Clicking the 'Thank' button on each useful reply would have saved everybody's time, Tan Elaine.

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