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    left the key?

    Yesterday, I was in a restaurant. But when I left, I forgot to take my key on the table.

    So I called the restaurant, and asked,

    "I think I left the key there. Would you mind if I ask you to check if there is a key left over?"

    Is it correct? or should I have said "dropped"?

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    Re: left the key?

    Do you mean you left your house keys/car keys?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: left the key?

    Yes. My car key.

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    Re: left the key?

    Quote Originally Posted by katnoric32 View Post
    Yesterday, I was in a restaurant. But when I left, I forgot to take my key on the table.

    So I called the restaurant, and asked,

    "I think I left the key there. Would you mind if I ask you to check if there is a key left over?"

    Is it correct? or should I have said "dropped"?
    Yesterday, I was in a restaurant, and I left my key at the table/I forgot that I had set my key on the table.
    So I called the restaurant and said, "I think I left my key there. Could you please check to see if anyone found a key?"

    If you LEFT your key, it suggests to me that you had it on the table, and walked away leaving it there, because you forgot to pick it up.
    If you DROPPED your key, you didn't "forget it."

    If you dropped it, then "I think I may have dropped my key while sitting at your restaurant. Could you check to see if anyone has found a key, or possibly check under the table I was seated at?"
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: left the key?

    And don't use left over.

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