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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    It is so silly of me to have left

    I'm arguing with my girlfriend which sentence is grammatically correct.

    1) It was so silly of me to leave my wallet at home. (my sentence)

    2) It is so silly of me to have left my wallet at home. (her sentence)

    The context is the following. I'm walking around in a shopping mall and slowly but surely getting hungry. I'd buy something to eat but I don't have a wallet with me. What would you say?

    I don't particularly like her sentence but I can't explain why.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #2

    Re: It is so silly of me to have left

    I consider both grammatical.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: It is so silly of me to have left

    If we go by pure logic, the first is better. However, logic is rarely uppermost in our minds when we speak naturally. Both seem natural enough to me.

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    #4

    Re: It is so silly of me to have left

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    I don't particularly like her sentence but I can't explain why.
    Having read post #3, I think the explanation is that you previously left it at home, so the past tense seems more logical.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: It is so silly of me to have left

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    If I'm arguing with my girlfriend, which sentence is grammatically correct?

    1) It was so silly of me to leave my wallet at home. (My sentence.)

    2) It is so silly of me to have left my wallet at home. (Her sentence.)

    The context is the following. I'm walking around in a shopping mall and slowly but surely getting hungry. I'd buy something to eat but I don't have a my wallet with me. What would you say?

    I don't particularly like her sentence but I can't explain why.
    Note my corrections above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: It is so silly of me to have left

    You could forget the grammar and say "I'm an idiot! I've forgotten my wallet. Can you lend me some money so I can buy something to eat?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: It is so silly of me to have left

    Never argue with a girlfriend about grammar. She's always right, even when she's wrong.

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    #8

    Re: It is so silly of me to have left

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If I'm arguing with my girlfriend, which sentence is grammatically correct?
    When I saw the original sentence, I took it to mean 'I am now arguing with my girlfriend about which sentence is grammatically correct'.
    I am not a teacher.

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