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    Use of there/it

    I wonder if you say sentences 1, 3, 5 and 10.

    Do you go to church?
    1. Yes, I go there every Sunday.
    2. Yes, I do every Sunday.

    Did you go to the church?
    3. Yes, I went there last Sunday.
    4. Yes, I did last Sunday.

    Do you have a watch?
    5. Yes, I have it.
    6. Yes, I have one.
    7. Yes, I do.

    Did you wear the watch to the party?
    8. Yes, I wore it to the party.
    9. Yes, I wore the one to the party.
    10. Yes, I did to the party.
    11. Yes, I did. I wore it to the party.

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    Re: Use of there/it

    The ones that are really wrong are 5, 9 and 10.

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    Re: Use of there/it

    2 is also wrong unless you make it clear there would be a pause between "do" and "every". You could use a dash to show that.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Use of there/it

    5 would be a correct answer to "Do you have the​ watch?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Use of there/it

    @emsr2d2 You seem to consistently begin a sentence with a number. Is that not a mistake in British English? It certainly is in Canadian and American English.

    I believe the proper way to write the sentence is:

    Selection 5 would be the correct answer to "Do you have this watch?"

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    Re: Use of there/it

    I wouldn't do it in formal writing but here, when it's clear it refers to sentence 5 in post 1, I find it acceptable.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Use of there/it

    It's a matter of choice in this context.

    I write #5, for example.

    'Selection 5' looks and sounds very odd to me.

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    Re: Use of there/it

    I wouldn't do it in formal writing but here, when it's clear it refers to sentence 5 in post 1, I find it acceptable.
    It is funny that you out me publicly for a typo and missed period.

    But you completely put an incorrect sentence in your post and casually brush it off, as being not important. You are not showing the learners here how to create a proper sentence as you piously comment on my writing in another post.

    You scrutinize my posts for minor details. I will have no compulsion for mentioning major ones on your part.

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    Re: Use of there/it

    t's a matter of choice in this context.
    No, it is not. It is an improperly composed sentence. Certainly not one that you would want your learners to emulate.

    Choose "Sentence 5" or "Choice 5" to start the sentence instead, if you like. All of these selections are much better than starting the sentence with a number. That is clearly not good English practice.

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    Re: Use of there/it

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynxear View Post
    I will have no compulsion for compunction about mentioning major ones on your part.
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