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    Peter put his feet on the table

    Would you please correct my mistakes in the following sentence? I am not sure if I should use "were around "or "had been around."

    Peter put his feet on the table, reflecting on that if his father were around he would have told him off.

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    Re: Peter put his feet on the table

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Would you please correct my mistakes in the following sentence? I am not sure if I should use "were around "or "had been around."

    Peter put his feet on the table, reflecting on the fact that, if his father were had been around, he would have told him off.
    See above. I changed it to "had been" because the ending was "would have told him off". An alternative is "... if his father were around, he would tell him off".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Peter put his feet on the table

    I see that you added "the fact" You are certainly right. I am only wondering why to my ears my sentence without "the fact" sounds still all right. Is it possible to use another construction without "the fact"? What about if I write " thinking about that if his father had been around, he would have told him off?

    Peter put his feet on the table, reflecting on, that if his father had been around, he would have told him off.

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    Re: Peter put his feet on the table

    The problem without "the fact" is the word "that". You could say "Peter put his feet on the table, reflecting/thinking that ...". You can't say "thinking about that his father ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Peter put his feet on the table

    Reflecting on whether might work.

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