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    #1

    We have to pick her up

    Which sentence is is the correct one?

    We have to pick her up. She lives near us. It would be mean if we just drove away, right?

    or

    We have to pick her up. she lives near us. It would be mean if we just drive away, right?

    thank you for your answer
    Last edited by Seramar; 11-Mar-2017 at 16:56.

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    #2

    Re: We have to pick her up

    Welcome to the forum.

    They are both wrong. Both need to be split into three separate sentences, just as they would in Spanish. Please edit your post so that every sentence starts with a capital letter and correct the spelling of "Which".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: We have to pick her up

    Hi again,

    would you you mind to check it again. Thank you for helping me.

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    #4

    Re: We have to pick her up

    Quote Originally Posted by Seramar View Post
    Which sentence is is the correct one?

    We have to pick her up. She lives near us. It would be mean if we just drove away, right?

    or

    We have to pick her up. She lives near us. It would be mean if we just drive away, right?

    Thank you for your answer.
    Hm. Except for the two S's, they're identical. The capital S is right.

    The third sentence isn't natural. I'd say something like this:

    It would mean we're just going to stop to get her and drive away, right?
    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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    #5

    Re: We have to pick her up

    The speaker obviously has the intention of picking her up, so the past form drove works better as part of a 2nd conditional hypothetical situation.

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    #6

    Re: We have to pick her up

    I agree with jutfrank that "drove" is better. Another option is to use a tenseless infinitival:

    "It would be mean for us to just drive away." / "It would be mean for us just to drive away."

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