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    past habits & tenses

    Dear teachers,

    In this sequence of habitual events should I use all the tenses in the simple past or should I use other tenses?
    Would you please correct my mistakes?

    A/ Mrs Black (1) would never go out if it (2) was raining / rained. She (3) used to look up / would look up at the sky whenever it (4) was getting / got cloudy, and as soon as even the smallest drop of rain (5) fell / had fallen, she (6) would scuttle back into her house and (7) lock herself in her bedroom!


    B/ Mrs Black (1) never went out if it (2) was raining / rained. She (3) looked up at the sky whenever it (4) was getting / got cloudy, and as soon as even the smallest drop of rain (5) fell / had fallen, she (6) scuttled back into her house and (7) locked herself in her bedroom!

    Thank you very much for your help.

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    #2

    Re: past habits & tenses

    Hela, when will you submit this homework to your teacher?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: past habits & tenses

    Hello emsr2d2,

    You are my teachers, I have no other one. As usual, I take exercises from books or the net and try to do them the best I can. But sometimes I'm stuck and you are the only ones who can help me out.

    All the best.

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    Re: past habits & tenses

    OK, then you need to tell us which answers/tenses you would choose first.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: past habits & tenses

    The thing is that I thought all might work. Not true ?

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    Re: past habits & tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post

    A/ Mrs Black (1) would never go out if it (2) was raining / rained. She (3) used to look up / would look up at the sky whenever it (4) was getting / got cloudy, and as soon as even the smallest drop of rain (5) fell / had fallen, she (6) would scuttle back into her house and (7) lock herself in her bedroom!

    Mrs Black would never go out if it was raining. She would look up at the sky whenever it got cloudy and as soon as even the smallest drop of rain fell, she would scuttle back into her house and lock herself in her bedroom.

    B/ Mrs Black (1) never went out if it (2) was raining / rained. She (3) looked up at the sky whenever it (4) was getting / got cloudy, and as soon as even the smallest drop of rain (5) fell / had fallen, she (6) scuttled back into her house and (7) locked herself in her bedroom!

    Mrs Black never went out if was raining. She looked up at the sky whenever it got cloudy and as soon as even the smallest drop of rain fell, she scuttled back into her house and locked herself in her bedroom.

    Above, in red, are my suggested versions. For me, these are the most natural and common way of saying both. However, I'm inclined to agree with you that using the alternative tense suggested would not lead to an ungrammatical result.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: past habits & tenses

    You didn't like --or choose-- the past perfect after "as soon as" in "as soon as even the smallest drop of rain fell (not had fallen), she would scuttle / scuttled back into her house...". Would you please tell me why?

    Best regards

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    Re: past habits & tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    You didn't like --or choose-- the past perfect after "as soon as" in "as soon as even the smallest drop of rain fell (not had fallen), she would scuttle / scuttled back into her house...". Would you please tell me why?

    Best regards
    "fell" is much more natural after "as soon as" in the given context.

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