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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    I don't understand it at all!

    There's one question in a quiz here:

    I've trouble ____ since I bought it.

    Ever
    Never


    This sentence isn't correct because after the aux. have, we must use either an adverb or a verb in Past Participle!

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    #2

    Re: I don't understand it at all!

    There's a word missing from the main part of the sentence. It should read

    I've had/I have had trouble ______ since I bought it.

    Can you see what the answer is now?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. Newbie
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    #3

    Re: I don't understand it at all!

    Now, it's quite clear, mate! So, 'I've had trouble ever since I bought it'

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    #4

    Re: I don't understand it at all!

    Yes, if you end the sentence with a period inside the closing quotation mark.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: I don't understand it at all!

    Or outside the closing quotation mark in BrE.

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