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    David was so obsessed with computer games

    I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct. I am concerned with the beginning of the second sentence, "he was not to see". I am not sure if this form is correct.

    David was so obsessed with computer games that his parents had to send him to a rehabilitation centre in the countryside. There, he was not to see any computer during his stay for about three weeks.

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    Re: David was so obsessed with computer games

    I wouldn't use "was not to see". Unless there's some reason for using the future there, stick with the past.

    There, he was not allowed access to a computer for/during his three-week stay.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: David was so obsessed with computer games

    You can also write "he would not​ see...." This casts his "not seeing" into the future from the past.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: David was so obsessed with computer games

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I wouldn't use "was not to see". Unless there's some reason for using the future there, stick with the past.

    There, he was not allowed access to a computer for/during his three-week stay.
    Emsr:
    Shouldn't we say?
    There, he was not allowed to access to a computer for/during his three-week stay.

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    Re: David was so obsessed with computer games

    Quote Originally Posted by ambitious-girl View Post
    Emsr2d2:
    Shouldn't we say (no question mark here) "There, he was not allowed to access to a computer for/during his three-week stay"?
    Both my version and yours (with my corrections above) are fine. In mine, "access" is a noun. In yours, it's a verb.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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