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    It started raining...

    Hi.
    Are these sentences correct? "It started raining when he was walking to work. He stopped a taxi because he didn't wear a coat and he hadn't an umbrella."
    Thanks.

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    Re: It started raining...

    Yes, they are OK. I would prefer "He hailed a taxi" and "he didn't have an umbrella".

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    Re: It started raining...

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yes, they are OK. I would prefer "He hailed a taxi" and "he didn't have an umbrella".
    Thanks Mike.
    I've read that sentences from my book.
    Anyway thanks.

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    Re: It started raining...

    The only thing I would change is "he didn't wear a coat", which I would write as "he wasn't wearing a coat".

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    Re: It started raining...

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The only thing I would change is "he didn't wear a coat", which I would write as "he wasn't wearing a coat".
    Why "He wasn't wearing a coat?"

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    Re: It started raining...

    I don't know why he wasn't wearing a coat.

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    Re: It started raining...

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I don't know why he wasn't wearing a coat.
    What about these?
    "They were driving to the airport when they suddenly remembered that they didn't turn off the lights."

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    Re: It started raining...

    I think 'they hadn't turned off' should be used because it happened before 'they suddenly remembered'.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: It started raining...

    There is a BrE vs AmE difference here. In BrE, we would say "They were driving when they suddenly realised they hadn't turned the lights off" and in AmE, I believe "They were driving when they suddenly realised they didn't turn the lights off".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It started raining...

    Quote Originally Posted by Fanoos62 View Post
    Hi.
    Are these sentences correct? "It started raining when he was walking to work. He stopped a taxi because he didn't wear a coat and he hadn't an umbrella."
    Thanks.
    I would write "It started raining while he was walking to work. He hailed a taxi because he wasn't wearing a coat and he didn't have an umbrella".

    "He hadn't an umbrella" isn't wrong but it sounds old-fashioned.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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