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    If Paul could turn the clock back

    I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct. Is it correct to say "stays in prison"?

    If Paul could turn the clock back, he would have finished university, got a good education, settled down and married. Now, his life was a mess: alcohol and drug abuse, petty crimes, recurrent convictions and stays in prison.

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    Re: If Paul could turn the clock back

    I would use "could turn back the clock" instead.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Oct-2017 at 19:24.

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    Re: If Paul could turn the clock back

    ... but 'turn the clock back' is fine, too.

    I'd say 'prison sentences' instead of 'stays in prison'.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Oct-2017 at 19:25.

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    Re: If Paul could turn the clock back

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Is it correct to say "stays in prison"?
    It's not really wrong, but stays makes it sound like prison is a hotel. Spells or stretches might work.
    I am not a teacher

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    Re: If Paul could turn the clock back

    In American English, we'd probably say "gotten," but Britons might prefer "got."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: If Paul could turn the clock back

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    In American English, we'd probably say "gotten," but Britons might prefer "got."
    We certainly would. We don't use "gotten" at all.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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