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    John told his children

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural. Would you please correct my grammar and punctuation?

    John told his children that when he was their age he did not play computer games but was going on peace demonstrations and political rallies.

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    Re: John told his children

    Going TO.

    Otherwise it's okay.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: John told his children

    Change "was going" to "regularly went" and it's good.

    I suggest that because the tenses should match. If you wanted to do it the other way round, you could do it by saying "he was not playing computer games" and leaving the rest how you wrote it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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