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    #1

    Certainly, he heard

    Hello.

    Certainly, he heard a lot of stories about UFO’s, but he always laughed at and considered them as a tale.

    My teacher said there was a mistake in the sentence above. Frankly speaking, it sounds good to me. What's the problem?
    Thanks.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: Certainly, he heard

    The whole context is: The whole field was lit up and there were some strange noises. Mr. Burton could not believe his eyes - it was a flying saucer. Certainly, he heard a lot of stories about UFO’s, but he always laughed at and considered them as a tale.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #3

    Re: Certainly, he heard

    It seems to me that the sentence should end as follows: "considered them as tales."

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    #4

    Re: Certainly, he heard

    Perhaps:

    Certainly, he had heard a lot of stories about UFO’s, but he always laughed at them and considered them fictional.


    There are other possibilities.


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    Re: Certainly, he heard

    The end should be "considered them to be fiction" or "considered them to be made-up". At the beginning, it should be "Certainly he had heard ...". Can you see why?

    (Cross-posted with Tarheel.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Certainly, he heard

    GMTA


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    #7

    Re: Certainly, he heard

    To be honest, I can't understand why I should use the past perfect there.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #8

    Re: Certainly, he heard

    "Certainly, he heard a lot of stories about UFO’s, but he always laughed at them and considered them to be fictional/made up." This seems OK to me.

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    Re: Certainly, he heard

    If you're talking about a habitual action (hearing lots of stories about UFOs), I agree. However, it seems to me that it is specifically that he had heard lots of stories and thought them fiction before he saw one for himself.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: Certainly, he heard

    Either way works, IMHO.


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