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Here are a few sentences in which I have tried to use different phrasal verbs. Would you please correct my grammar and punctuation?
1. John and his wife agreed that their marriage was dead, but they stuck it out because of their children.
2. Anna's boyfriend had a few love affairs, but she stuck by him, nevertheless.
3. The little girl stuck out her tongue at me and run away in his bright red shoes, which shone in the sun.
4. Before Peter went abroad to find a job and better existence, his father told him never to forget his roots. His words still stuck in his mind after more than 30 years.
5. The Prime Minister stuck to his decision to sack the health minister, even if he received support by his own party as well as the opposition.
6. A group of tourists came on an old shepherd who invited them in his home and treated them to his own cheese and honey.
7. The terrible abuse Hannah suffered as a child was like stains which did not want to come out.
8. As Ivan was cleaning in his attic, he came across the old court documents which showed that his father killed an innocent man thirty years ago.
9. The old man took his walking stick, put on his hat, and set off on his journey, not knowing where and when he was going to arrive.
10. The guards set on their dogs on the prisoners, but the animals never went to attack, as if sensing that these beaten humans were innocent.
11. It took Bob decades to settle in the new town. And when finally he felt at home, he died of heart attack.
12. It was not the long prison sentence that hurt Alex but his former friends who shunned him and ignored him after his release.
I have some questions:
2. Find a better life instead of a better existence?
7. stains which did not want to come out - indelible stains?
8. Why is the past perfect used with a time-specific event "thirty years ago"?
9. Why was "when" deleted?
Last edited by tedmc; 11-Mar-2016 at 22:28.
I am not a teacher.
8. As Ivan was cleaning in his attic, he came across the old court documents which showed that his father killed an innocent man thirty years before.
"ago" is used in relation to the actual present time.
EDIT: I suppose this is possible:
The statement was written in 2016; the attic cleaning event took place in 2006, and the killing took place in 1986. Then you could say either "his father killed an innocent man 30 years ago" or "his father had killed an innocent man 20 years before".
Last edited by bubbha; 12-Mar-2016 at 09:08.
Translator, editor and TESOL certificate holder, but not a teacher.
The past perfect is justified because the killing took place before the discovery of the documents.
Have a look at the first example sentence in the link below:
I do not think the original sentence implies that.The past perfect is justified because the killing took place before the discovery of the documents.
Was that what you meant, Bassim?
I am not a teacher.
Last edited by Crayon; 01-Jun-2016 at 16:59.