Results 1 to 6 of 6
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Urdu
      • Home Country:
      • Pakistan
      • Current Location:
      • Pakistan

    • Join Date: Jan 2015
    • Posts: 764
    #1

    Had she cooked food

    Hi,

    Are the following correct?

    A) Had she cooked food before her mother entered the house/home? can I use either?
    B) Had they played cricket when it started raining?
    C) Had he watched TV before her mother came?

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

    • Join Date: Jan 2009
    • Posts: 3,621
    #2

    Re: Had she cooked food

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following correct?

    A) Had she cooked food before her mother entered the house/home? can I use either? Say "home." You don't have to say "food" - we know.
    B) Had they played cricket when it started raining? It's grammatical. See my notes below.
    C) Had he watched TV before her mother came? It's grammatical. See my notes below.
    These all mean that they had all STOPPED what they were doing BEFORE the three things happened. Is that what you mean?

    If they were still doing those things when her mother arrived and it started raining, then the sentences should say:

    A) Was she cooking when her mother entered the house?
    B) Were they playing cricket when it started raining?
    C) Was he watching TV when her mother came?
    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:
      • Urdu
      • Home Country:
      • Pakistan
      • Current Location:
      • Pakistan

    • Join Date: Jan 2015
    • Posts: 764
    #3

    Re: Had she cooked food

    I should say:

    Had she cooked (food - I can't use food, so I should use what is being cooked) before her mother entered the home?

    But you use "the house" in your example.

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

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 9,374
    #4

    Re: Had she cooked food

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    I should say:

    Had she cooked (food - I can't use food, so I should use what is being cooked) before her mother entered the home?

    But you use "the house" in your example.
    The house is much more common, though there are some contexts where home is possible.
    I am not a teacher.

  2. Piscean's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 10,021
    #5

    Re: Had she cooked food

    '... entered (the) home' sounds unnatural to me with or without the article. I'd say '... got home'.

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

    • Join Date: Jan 2009
    • Posts: 3,621
    #6

    Re: Had she cooked food

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    '... entered (the) home' sounds unnatural to me with or without the article. I'd say '... got home'.
    Interesting! I was thinking the the mother was visiting and lived somewhere else.

    So we were both assuming without knowing the whole story.

    Untaught, if the mother lives there, then "got home" is right. If she lives somewhere else, then "entered the house" or "got to the house" is good.
    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.

Similar Threads

  1. [General] Which one is correct taking food or eating food?
    By jack123 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 17-Apr-2015, 19:19
  2. He buys food from a/the fast food shop
    By queeniech in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 25-Apr-2014, 12:40
  3. Food (for you) to avoid versus food to be avoided
    By JACEK1 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-Aug-2013, 10:11
  4. ready mixed or ready cooked food
    By ostap77 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-Nov-2010, 15:54
  5. [Essay] The invention of fast food and prepared food benefits society?
    By duong_2009 in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 14-Apr-2010, 15:01

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
  •