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    #1

    Man is a creature who, after taking out the rubbish, behaves as if .......

    Hello everybody!

    Man is a creature who, after taking out the rubbish, behaves as if he did the housework.
    or
    Man is a creature who, having taken out the rubbish, behaves as if he did the housework.
    or
    Man is a creature who, after taking out the rubbish, behaves as if he had done the housework.
    or
    Man is a creature who, having taken out the rubbish, behaves as if he had done the housework.

    Male members of the forum. Please don't take offence at me for what I wrote. It is just translation from Polish into English.

    Which of the four alternatives is acceptable to you?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 22-Jan-2017 at 01:52. Reason: Removed extraneous line breaks

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    #2

    Re: Man is a creature who, after taking out the rubbish, behaves as if .......

    In the third and fourth, I'd change "had done" to "has done" as you're talking about a habitual action.

    They're all rather wordy. "Men act like they deserve a medal when they take the rubbish out".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Man is a creature who, after taking out the rubbish, behaves as if .......

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Men act like they deserve a medal when they take the rubbish out".
    Two if they take out the compost and kill a dozen stink bugs a day.
    I am not a teacher.

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