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    to go on

    How can I say it otherwise?
    The police didn't have anything at all to go on up to now.

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    #2

    Re: to go on

    Quote Originally Posted by novar View Post
    How can I say it otherwise?
    The police didn't have anything at all to go on up to now.
    The police didn't have any evidence/leads to help them in their investigation until now.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: to go on

    What about the following sentences? Can I say that in English?

    1. I didn't have anything to go on what went wrong.
    2. I didn't have anything to go on what was disturbing you.

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    Re: to go on

    No - those are not natural.

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    Re: to go on

    No, "to have something/nothing to go on" in a police context means that they have no clues or evidence to lead their investigation. You can't add "what went wrong" or similar after it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: to go on

    Hi.
    The police didn't have anything at all to go on up to now.

    I understand the meaning of the sentence above, but it would be nice if you could give me some more examples that contains the phrase
    "...at all to go on...". I need some practice here. Thanks.

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    Re: to go on

    Monaliz, welcome to the forum.

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    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly in your post. Please note, all posts are moderated by our in-house language experts, so make sure your suggestions, help, and advice provide the kind of information an international language teacher would offer. If not, and your posts do not contribute to the topic in a positive way, they will be subject to deletion.

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    Re: to go on

    Quote Originally Posted by novar View Post
    Hi.
    The police didn't have anything at all to go on up to now.

    I understand the meaning of the sentence above, but it would be nice if you could give me some more examples that contains the phrase
    "...at all to go on...". I need some practice here. Thanks.

    The thing is, Novar, it's used almost exclusively in the context of the police having no leads/clues/evidence so I'm not sure what the point is of practising it. Most example sentences are going to be very similar.

    - The murder is still unsolved. The police have nothing at all to go on.
    - The police had nothing at all to go on so they wound up their investigation.
    - At the press conference, the police chief announced that unfortunately the investigating officers had nothing at all to go on so there was nothing to tell the press.
    - I lost my bag three weeks ago. I'm sure the shady guy at the bar stole it. I told the police that but they haven't found any evidence that points to him. They've got nothing else to go on so they're giving up on my case.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    @emsr2d2
    Thanks. Your answer and explanation helps me a lot. That's why I love this forum with native speakers.
    I wouldn't have found it elsewhere.

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    Re: to go on

    Joke:

    Thieves stole all the toilets from our local police station. Officers say they have nothing at all to go on.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 12-Mar-2017 at 17:12.

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