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    In the morning, when Bill would wake up

    I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

    In the morning when Bill would wake up with a bad hangover, he would promise never to touch alcohol again only to break his promise on the next occasion.

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    Re: In the morning, when Bill would wake up

    I would use "vow" instead of "promise" and put a comma after "again".
    Last edited by teechar; 24-Sep-2017 at 23:04. Reason: correction. Thanks Bassim

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    Re: In the morning, when Bill would wake up

    teechar,

    Are you sure that a comma should be after "only"? I think it should be before "only", after "again".

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    Re: In the morning, when Bill would wake up

    You're right.
    Sorry about that.

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    Re: In the morning, when Bill would wake up

    teechar,

    I believe you are tired and need sleep.

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    Re: In the morning, when Bill would wake up

    Yes, and on that note, I'm off to bed!

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    Re: In the morning, when Bill would wake up

    I would write "In the mornings..." The use of "would" in your sentence suggests that poor Bill repeatedly woke up with a hangover.

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    Re: In the morning, when Bill would wake up

    The mass noun "(the) morning" works for repeated/habitual contexts. I would use "mornings" to refer to some (not all)/specific/previously mentioned mornings. However, "in the mornings" is not wrong in the above.

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