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    Would come to

    I have tried to use "would come to" in my sentence just to see if I can use it correctly. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    Peter bought a cheap used car, which he would come to regret one day when its motor broke down and wouldn't start again.

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    Re: Would come to

    To improve the sentence, you could expand the basic collocation of come to regret to make a longer collocation string of would later come to regret. If you did this, you would not need to use one day and it would sound more natural. Also, I suggest engine instead of motor.

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    Re: Would come to

    You could end with "when it irreparably broke down".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Would come to

    Here is my second try after jutfrank's corrections:

    Peter bought a cheap used car, which he would later come to regret when its engine broke down and wouldn't start again.

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    Re: Would come to

    Now I have to try the third version after emsr2d2' corrections because it sounds much better than my original.

    Peter bought a cheap used car, which he would later come to regret when it irreparably broke down.

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