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    This was the earliest appointment she could give me. She couldn't have given me an ap

    I called an MRI center for an appointment. The receptionist asked me come at 9 PM the next day. This was the earliest appointment she could give me. She couldn't have given me an appointment for prior than this because there were other appointments prior than this.

    Could you please check my sentences?

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    Re: This was the earliest appointment she could give me. She couldn't have given me a

    The entire last sentence is redundant. By saying that 9pm was the earliest appointment she could offer you, we already assume that there were no earlier appointments available. You can shorten it even further to:

    I called to make an appointment at an MRI centre. The earliest appointment available was 9pm the next day.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: This was the earliest appointment she could give me. She couldn't have given me a

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The entire last sentence is redundant. By saying that 9pm was the earliest appointment she could offer you, we already assume that there were no earlier appointments available. You can shorten it even further to:

    I called to make an appointment at an MRI centre. The earliest appointment available was 9pm the next day.
    That is redundant but I hope that it is not wrong. Am I correct? I wanted to get my last sentence checked. I was unsure about that sentence.

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    Re: This was the earliest appointment she could give me. She couldn't have given me a

    She couldn't have given me an appointment for prior than this because there were other appointments prior than this.


    Your final sentence is not grammatically correct. "Prior than this" is not right. When it is appropriate to use "prior" (not in this situation), we use "prior to". I would have written your final sentence as "She couldn't give me an appointment any earlier than that because there weren't any".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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