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    #1

    Smith....decided to go for the soccer match

    Is the answer correct? I'm unsure.

    Smith, as well as his brothers, decided to go for the soccer match tomorrow.

    Can I use 'decides' instead of 'decided'? Or is 'decides' the correct answer? Please help me to understand why.

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    #2

    Re: Smith....decided to go for the soccer match

    Either tense is possible, depending on the context, but the past simple is much more common.
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    #3

    Re: Smith....decided to go for the soccer match

    Do you mean '... decided to go to the soccer match tomorrow'?

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    #4

    Re: Smith....decided to go for the soccer match

    Not related to the grammar, but "Smith" is generally a family name, but a given name.
    If his last name (family name) is Smith, chances are his brothers are also named "Smith." Collectively, they are the Smith brothers.
    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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    #5

    Re: Smith....decided to go for the soccer match

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "Smith" is generally a family name, but a given name. .
    Typo?

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    #6

    Re: Smith....decided to go for the soccer match

    NOT. The phrase was supposed to be "not" a family name.
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    #7

    Re: Smith....decided to go for the soccer match

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Do you mean '... decided to go to the soccer match tomorrow'?

    Yes, I meant to go to the soccer match. May I know is using the preposition 'for' incorrect?

    Thank you.

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    #8

    Re: Smith....decided to go for the soccer match

    May I know Is using the preposition 'for' incorrect?


    Yes.

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