Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: May 2013
    • Posts: 1,099
    #1

    he problem was I had never heard about the author before

    Hello.
    A friend of mine asked me to write an review of a book. I have written a huge one, but now I would like to check it before posting on the site.

    My questions are typical: Does it sound natural? Did I use tenses correcty?

    Before anything else, I would like to say that when we were told to read this book in English I was pretty skeptical about it. The problem was I had never heard about the author before, so I thought the book would be a trivial and boring novel. However, I have to say that I was totally wrong and this book turned out to be one of the most interesting and outstanding novels I have ever come across in my life.
    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.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,307
    #2

    Re: he problem was I had never heard about the author before

    Your tenses are good. I would say "I had never heard of the author before."

  2. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,091
    #3

    Re: he problem was I had never heard about the author before

    "The problem was I had never heard about the author before, so I thought the book would be a trivial and boring novel."
    Can we take from this that you believe you know the names of all authors who write books that are not trivial and boring? How did you achieve this ability so young!?

  3. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: May 2013
    • Posts: 1,099
    #4

    Re: he problem was I had never heard about the author before

    Actually you're right, there I can something like that. I'd better remove this part.
    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.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,453
    #5

    Re: he problem was I had never heard about the author before

    Is your friend going to pass off your review as his/her own, Boris?

    If so, it's out of order for you to ask us for help and for us to give it.

  4. Charlie Bernstein's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jan 2009
    • Posts: 3,562
    #6

    Re: he problem was I had never heard about the author before

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Is your friend going to pass off your review as his/her own, Boris?

    If so, it's out of order for you to ask us for help and for us to give it.
    And I was wondering if Boris's friend is Boris!
    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.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,453
    #7

    Re: he problem was I had never heard about the author before

    Good point, Charlie. It wouldn't be the first time we've been suckered like that.

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] Heard him Sing vs Heard him singing
    By Sahil Dhankhar in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-Oct-2014, 17:19
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-Sep-2014, 03:21
  3. I heard a thunder. / I heard the thuder.
    By englishhobby in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 28-Feb-2013, 20:04
  4. may have heard versus probably have heard
    By duiter in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-Jun-2010, 01:30
  5. intellectual author vs material author
    By beeja in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 23-Apr-2008, 12:20

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •