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    Few minutes before the proceeding started in the court you had told that Tom was not

    Few minutes before the proceeding started in the court you had told that Tom was not in the country. How come he has arrived few minutes after the proceeding started?

    Please check my sentences.

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    Re: Few minutes before the proceeding started in the court you had told that Tom was

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    A few minutes before the court proceedings started, in the court you had were told that Tom was not in the country. How come he has arrived a few minutes after the proceedings started?

    Please check my sentences.
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Few minutes before the proceeding started in the court you had told that Tom was

    Tufguy, please always use the indefinite article before few. There are a few cases where other articles, or none, may be appropriate, but few learners will have to know them.

    [EDIT] In my second sentence, a few means "some". Few learners means "not very many learners".
    Last edited by GoesStation; 03-Jul-2017 at 17:22.
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    Re: Few minutes before the proceeding started in the court you had told that Tom was

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Tufguy, please always use the indefinite article before few. There are a few cases where other articles, or none, may be appropriate, but few learners will have to know them.

    [EDIT] In my second sentence, a few means "some". Few learners means "not very many learners".
    I feel compelled to expand this. Without the article, few means "such a small number as to be practically insignificant". By contrast, a few means "a relatively small number, probably less than half of the total, but worth considering". I stand by my recommendation that learners use only the version with the article.
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    Re: Few minutes before the proceeding started in the court you had told that Tom was

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See above.
    I didn't want to say "you had been told" I wanted to say "you had said that Tom was not in the country". Is it wrong to say "you had said"?

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    Re: Few minutes before the proceeding started in the court you had told that Tom was

    That's fine. Your original version was not.

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