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    Have I (did I?) came to the right forum?

    Hi
    I have learned English language a few years ago but i had no chance to practice it yet and through the years i forgot a few grammars and to be honest I don't know much vocabularies.
    So I am going to start over now, I am reading a English grammars book and i am watching English movies to learn as much words and sentences as I can.
    It is difficult now as there are lots of words and phrases that I don't understand, so i just googled for a forum that i can ask my questions in and get the answers from native and professional English speakers.
    My first question is: Am I in (at?) the right place?
    My second question is: How many grammatically mistakes i made so far?

    Regards.

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    Re: Have I (did I?) came to the right forum?

    Hey there Mr.Mn,
    Welcome to the forum! I have noticed a few mistakes in your paragraph and have pointed them out for you below:


    Hi

    I have learned English language a few years ago but i had no chance to practice it yet and through the years i forgot a few grammars and to be honest I don't know much vocabularies.
    So I am going to start over now, I am reading a English grammars book and i am watching English movies to learn as much words and sentences as I can.
    It is difficult now as there are lots of words and phrases that I don't understand, so i just googled for a forum that i can ask my questions in and get the answers from native and professional English speakers.
    My first question is: Am I in (at?) the right place?
    My second question is: How many grammatically mistakes i made so far?

    Hi,

    I have learned the English language a few years ago but I've had no chance to practice it and through the years I've forgotten some grammar and to be honest I don't have much vocabulary.
    So I am going to start over now, I am reading an English grammar book and I am watching English movies to learn as much words and sentences as I can.
    It is difficult now as there are lots of words and phrases that I don't understand, so i just googled for a forum that I can ask my questions in and get the answers from native and professional English speakers.
    My first question is: Am I in (at?) the right place? (Both are correct.)
    My second question is: How many grammatical mistakes have I made so far?



    I hope this helps!
    TMF
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 21-Nov-2014 at 09:02. Reason: Fixed spacing issue

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    #3

    Re: Have I (did I?) came to the right forum?

    Thank you so much for welcoming me and correcting my paragraph. I am definitely in the correct place.
    But what about the title, is it correct? Should i say "am I in the right forum" instead?

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    Re: Have I (did I?) came to the right forum?

    The title should be "Have I/Did I come to the right forum?"
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 21-Nov-2014 at 09:02. Reason: Fixing typo

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    #5

    Re: Have I (did I?) came to the right forum?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Mr. Mn:

    1. Personally, I would say, "Have I come to the right forum?"

    2. I believe, however, that "Did I come to the right forum?" is also acceptable to many native speakers, at least here in the United States.

    3. One expert * explains that it is often possible to use the present perfect ("I have done") or the simple past ("I did").

    a. His examples: "I've lost my key. Have you seen it anywhere?" / "I lost my key. Did you see it anywhere?"

    * Raymond Murphy, Grammar in Use (1989).

    4. Another expert ** says that it makes "little difference" as to which sentence we use: "Goodbye. It has been a pleasure to meet you." / "Goodbye. It was a pleasure to meet you."



    **
    Rodney Huddleston, Introduction to the Grammar of English (1984).

    5. Any yet another expert *** says that there is "little difference" in these pairs:

    "Chuck has read / read your essay."
    "We have found / found her address."

    *** Bruce L. Liles, A Basic Grammar of Modern English (1979).


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    Re: Have I (did I?) came to the right forum?

    Is it alright to use the present perfect when referring to the past event? It is not the recent past. Is it because it is still important today?

    I am sure it must be right. I just dont seem to understand why.


    I have learned the English language a few years ago.



    Not a teacher.
    The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.
    Mark Twain

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    #7

    Re: Have I (did I?) came to the right forum?

    No. Use the simple past there.

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