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    Red face My mother had been cooking...

    Is the following sentence structured grammatically?

    1- My mother had been cooking since 6 o'clock before he left for the office.

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    Re: My mother had been cooking...

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It would be just about possible with 'when' rather than 'before' but I think it's a sentence that no native speaker would produce.
    How will you structure this?

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    Re: My mother had been cooking...

    The sentence is somewhat unclear. Who is "he"? Can you write the sequence of events in point form please?

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    Re: My mother had been cooking...

    We need to know who 'he' is, unless you meant to write 'she'.

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    Re: My mother had been cooking...

    "She" would be a lot more natural without further context.

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    Re: My mother had been cooking...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    We need to know who 'he' is, unless you meant to write 'she'.
    Here he means my dad. Sorry I should have written my dad instead.

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    Re: My mother had been cooking...

    It's still somewhat unnatural for the reasons Piscean stated in post #6. However, it is possible to combine those three facts into a more natural sentence.

    By the time my dad left for work at 8am, my mum had already been up and cooking for two hours.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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