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    When Bernie came out of prison

    I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct. Is it correct to use "to get him through" in my sentence?

    When Bernie came out of prison, he learnt one bad and one good news. The first one was he lost his job, and the second one was that someone paid off his debts and put on his bank account enough money to get him through the coming months.

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    Re: When Bernie came out of prison

    News is not a countable noun.

    We put money in or into​ a bank account.
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    Re: When Bernie came out of prison

    Would this version be OK?

    When Bernie came out of prison, he learnt bad and good news. The first was he lost his job, and the second was that someone paid off his debts and put enough money into his bank account to get him through the coming months.

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    Re: When Bernie came out of prison

    It's getting better. The second sentence needs the past perfect in both parts.
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    Re: When Bernie came out of prison

    Let me try the third time.

    When Bernie came out of prison, he learnt bad and good news. The first was he had lost his job, and the second was that someone had paid off his debts and had put enough money into his bank account to get him through the coming months.

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    Re: When Bernie came out of prison

    They're OK now. I'd include that after "the first was".

    When I was taking flight instruction, I remember being told that the instructor's job was to keep the student in a light sweat at all times. I'm trying to apply that rule here.
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    Re: When Bernie came out of prison

    GoesStation,

    You're doing a great job, and I agree with you regarding keeping the student busy. You are making my brain work hard, but I know if you want to learn something properly, you have to sweat blood.

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    Re: When Bernie came out of prison

    I'd use "got​ bad and good news". BrE doesn't tend to use "learn news".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: When Bernie came out of prison

    Consider also "heard some good and some bad news."

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    Re: When Bernie came out of prison

    teecher,

    I am just wondering if I use "some good and some bad news, can I also use the article "the"?

    Bernie came out of prison, he heard some good and some bad news. The bad was that he had lost his job, and the good was that someone had paid off his debts and had put enough money into his bank account to get him through the coming months.

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