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    #1

    ... but they have not put me to good use?

    Although I have been studying English at formal schools for many years, but they (those years I spent in the schools) have not put me to good use. I am still poor in many language aspects. Those schools are not serious about why we study English if we can live safely with Arabic.


    If I did not benefit from the schools, would it be OK to say the given sentence?

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    #2

    Re: ... but they have not put me to good use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Although I have been studying English at formal schools for many years, but those years have not been of much use to me.
    Those years aren't supposed to put you to good use. You are to put them to good use.
    You have already used "Although"; you can't use 'but' too. Choose one or the other.

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    #3

    Re: ... but they have not put me to good use?

    Good I asked. If I did not, it would become a choice.

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    #4

    Re: ... but they have not put me to good use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Good I asked. If I did not, it would become a choice.
    Do you mean that you are glad you asked this question because, if you had not, you would have used your suggested sentence?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 15-Sep-2016 at 08:39. Reason: Fixed typo
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: ... but they have not put me to good use?

    I think you should avoid contracting sentences like this unless you are sure of them.
    "Good I asked" is not good.
    "It's good that I asked"; "It's a good thing I asked"; "I'm glad I asked". Yes, we do abbreviate these in colloquial speech, eg. "Good thing I asked", but yours doesn't work (as I note in another of your threads that CD has answered).

    PS: Crossed with ems, but I'm uncertain of your meaning too.

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    #6

    Re: ... but they have not put me to good use?

    If Ray did not point that out, I would continue using that incorrect suggestion unless someone corrects me.

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    #7

    Re: ... but they have not put me to good use?

    I would use 'had not pointed' instead of 'did not point' in the above post because the former refers to the past.
    I am not a teacher.

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