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    The father used to advice

    This sentence popped up in my mind. Would you please correct my grammar and punctuation? I am not sure if I have correctly used "they would be eating."

    The father used to advice his children that if they did not go to school and work hard, they would be eating grass and tree bark when they grew up.

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    Re: The father used to advice

    It's fine except you've written the noun advice where you wanted the verb advise.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The father used to advice

    Can I guess why that was a difficult sentence? "Will" changes to "would," which might make it look like a different sort of conditional. The original quote is clearly a first conditional: "If you don't go to school you'll end up eating grass." In the past simple, "don't" changes to "didn't" (nothing hard there), but then "will" changes to "would." So it's an interesting case of a first conditional with "would" in it.

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    Re: The father used to advice

    Oll Korrect,

    I have noticed that I make mistakes in this kind of sentences, namely, I do not add "progressive" part of the verb and often end my phrase with only would, like " ...if they did not go to school they would eat grass and tree bark when they grew up."

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    Re: The father used to advice

    Please note that it should be either "this kind of sentence" or "these kinds of sentences".

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    Re: The father used to advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post

    The father used to advise his children that if they did not go to school and work hard, they would be eating grass and tree bark when they grew up.
    Sentence is fine. Don't change anything except the bold change. "..would be.." is correct in this kind of usage.

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    Re: The father used to advice

    Alienman, if you respond to posts by learners, you must clearly state in your post that you are "not a teacher". I recommend that you add that statement to your signature so you don't forget.

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    Re: The father used to advice

    Not a teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by allenman View Post
    Your sentence is fine. Don't change anything except the bold change. "... would be ..." is correct in this kind of usage.

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