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    David complained

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural. Do I need the word "so" in my sentence? Would you please correct my mistakes?

    David complained that his former wife has set their children against him so that they refused to visit him.

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    Re: David complained

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural. Do I need the word "so" in my sentence? Would you please correct my mistakes?

    David complained that his former wife HAD set their children against him so that they refused to visit him.
    If you didn't have "so" there you would have to replace it with something like "which was the reason".

    Also, it's:

    David complains...has

    Or:

    David complained...had

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    Re: David complained

    David complained ... has ​is fine. The situation complained about is still true at the time of complaining.

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    Re: David complained

    Use the present simple refuse.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: David complained

    If you are talking about a specific incident, "refused" is the right choice. If it's an ongoing situation, "refuse" is the right choice.

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    Re: David complained

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    If you are talking about a specific incident, "refused" is the right choice. If it's an ongoing situation, "refuse" is the right choice.
    I don't think refused works when the first clause is in the present perfect.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: David complained

    1. David complained that his former wife has set their children against him so that they refuse to visit him.
    2. David complained that his former wife had set their children against him so that they refuse to visit him.
    3. David complained that his former wife has set their children against him so that they refused to visit him.

    All are possible.

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