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    Clive wished he had listened to

    I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct.

    Clive wished he had listened to his father who told him not to ride a bicycle on the icy street. Now he was lying with a broken rib and watched with envy as other children played outside.

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    Re: Clive wished he had listened to

    Clive wished he had listened to his father, who had told him not to ride a bicycle on the icy street. Now he was lying with a broken rib, watching with envy as other children were playing outside.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Clive wished he had listened to

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Clive has only one father
    An adopted child could have two fathers in this case: http://theconversation.com/how-famil...eir-kids-77386
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    Re: Clive wished he had listened to

    Piscean,
    Thank you for your corrections.
    I wouldn't call the above mistake a slip. It is rather my lack of proper knowledge of the English grammar. I told you before on a few occasions that I am not sure if I should use a comma or not whenever I see a relative clause. This is my weak point, which I hope one day would not be any more. But in my case, it takes a time before I get a routine and correctly apply the rules in my writing.

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    Re: Clive wished he had listened to

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Clive wished he had listened to

    Similarly, if the OP has more than one weak point, should 'the' be used instead of 'my' below with the comma omitted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    This is my weak point, which I hope one day would not be any more.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Clive wished he had listened to

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Had Clive had two fathers, the writer would have used 'the' instead of 'his'
    The teachers did not use 'the' in the similar case below:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...erence-between
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    Re: Clive wished he had listened to

    With more and more same-sex couples having/fostering/adopting children, such qualifications and explanations might become more common.

    John: My dad told me wash the car today.
    Tim: Which one?
    John: What? We've only got one car.
    Tim: Not "Which car?" I meant "Which dad?"
    John: Ohhhh! Dave - the dad who always makes me do chores. Barry's my nice dad - he never makes me wash the car!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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