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    #1

    watch my children

    Please check these.
    1. Since I've got to watch my children I haven't got any spare time.
    2. Since I've got to watch my children I have no spare time anymore.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by cubisto; 28-Feb-2017 at 17:57.

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    #2

    Re: wach my children

    Please go back and correct the spelling of "wat​ch" in your title and your post. Also, note that "spare time" is written as two separate words. You also need a comma.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: wach my children

    Consider using "mind" instead of "watch" in that context.

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    #4

    Re: wach my children

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Consider using "mind" instead of "watch" in that context.
    ...unless you're learning American English. We use watch​ for that action.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: watch my children

    Quote Originally Posted by cubisto View Post
    Please check these.
    1. Since I have to watch my children, I don't have any spare time.
    2. Since I need to watch my children, I have no spare time anymore.

    Thanks.
    Both forms you used are fine, and so are the others people suggested.

    I like using commas with dependent clauses, but the sentences make sense without them. When clarity isn't an issue, Brits seem to like skipping them. Americans are likely to put them in even when meaning isn't in doubt. The important thing is to be consistent.

    I don't often use mind that way, because mind often means obey, and you shouldn't have to obey your children! But it's natural and makes sense, so it's fine to use it if you like it.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-Mar-2017 at 12:19. Reason: Fixed typo
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #6

    Re: watch my children

    In the UK, a lot of people unfamiliar with AE usage might tend to find watching children a bit creepy. Over here, licensed and registered childminders enjoy the respected status of a respectable profession

    To avoid watch or mind, you can say look after.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 01-Mar-2017 at 00:14.

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