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    Smile Can I stat the sentence with 'WHEN' ?

    My English teacher just gave me an easy exercise since I'm on a vacation. He asked me to correct this sentence
    here's the sentence i have a problem with,
    "When I go to the beach"
    And then I answered "I go to the beach" and he asked me back that 'can we keep when in the sentence?'
    So my question are:
    1.what is the correct answer
    and 2. can i start the sentence with 'when' (the sentence is not a question)
    thanks for every answer :)

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    #2

    Re: Can I stat the sentence with 'WHEN' ?

    No. "When I go to the beach" is a clause, not a sentence.

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    #3

    Re: Can I stat the sentence with 'WHEN' ?

    "When I go to the beach" is not a complete sentence. "I go to the beach" is a correct sentence.
    The correct answer is "No, we can't keep 'when' in the 'sentence'.

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    #4

    Re: Can I stat the sentence with 'WHEN' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pynkkkk View Post
    and 2. can i start the sentence with 'when' (the sentence is not a question)
    Yes, you can:

    When I go to the beach, I wear a hat. (This is a complete sentence now and is not a question.)

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    Re: Can I stat the sentence with 'WHEN' ?

    Yes, I agree the answer is either 'yes' or 'no' depending on how you define "the sentence". Since it's not a sentence, the question isn't answerable legitimately. Yes, you can make a grammatical sentence with the string, "When I go to the beach". No, you can't leave 'when' there if you intend to stop at "When I go to the beach."

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    #6

    Re: Can I stat the sentence with 'WHEN' ?

    Is it "when I go to the beach" a unfinished sentence?

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    Re: Can I stat the sentence with 'WHEN' ?

    I think the answer to your question is already in post#3 above, but I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: Can I stat the sentence with 'WHEN' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Is it "when I go to the beach" an unfinished sentence?
    It is an unfinished sentence even in other languages like Chinese.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Can I stat the sentence with 'WHEN' ?

    'When' is a conjunction, so another clause is needed to form a complete sentence.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Can I stat the sentence with 'WHEN' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Is it "when I go to the beach" a unfinished sentence?
    Alone, it makes no sense. It could make sense as an answer:


    A: When do you wear sunscreen?
    B: When I go to the beach.

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