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    My friend invites me to a party that starts at 730PM I say: I would totally be the

    My friend invites me to a party that starts at 730PM

    I say: I would totally be there if I hadn't already made plans for dinner.

    OR

    I would totally be there if I didn't already made plans for dinner.


    Are both sentences okay?
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    Re: My friend invites me to a party that starts at 730PM I say: I would totally be

    No- the second doesn't work for me.

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    Re: My friend invites me to a party that starts at 730PM I say: I would totally be

    What's wrong with it?

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    Re: My friend invites me to a party that starts at 730PM I say: I would totally be

    'if I didn't already made plans' is ungrammatical.

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    Re: My friend invites me to a party that starts at 730PM I say: I would totally be

    Sorry, that was a typo. I meant:

    I would totally be there if I didn't already make plans for dinner.

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    Re: My friend invites me to a party that starts at 730PM I say: I would totally be

    I am not a teacher.

    I'm pretty sure this sort of thing is said in AmE (even if it's wrong) but it is definitely not right in BrE. We would always say, '…if I hadn't already made plans for dinner.'

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    Re: My friend invites me to a party that starts at 730PM I say: I would totally be

    Yes, there is definitely an AmE vs BrE difference here. I am ready to be corrected but our American friends would, I think, accept "if I didn't already make/have plans" whereas in BrE, we would always say "if I hadn't already made plans".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My friend invites me to a party that starts at 730PM I say: I would totally be

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    I'm pretty sure this sort of thing is said in AmE (even if it's wrong) but it is definitely not right in BrE. We would always say, '…if I hadn't already made plans for dinner.'
    No, it's the same in American English. Hadn't is right, didn't is wrong.

    Americans often say it that way, but it's non-standard. We're not always grammatical - something we have in common with y'all!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: My friend invites me to a party that starts at 730PM I say: I would totally be

    Batman, please note that this use of 'totally' started out as teenage slang. It's probably already passé.

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    Re: My friend invites me to a party that starts at 730PM I say: I would totally be

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Batman, please note that this use of 'totally' started out as teenage slang. It's probably already passé.
    It's not passé in the U.S., but it is hackneyed, trite, over-used, and a powerful indicator of absence of original thought. But don't get me started....
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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