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    #1

    I went today to his place.

    Please review my sentences. Is the "by" necessary?

    I went today to his place. I had hoped that by bringing him this chocolate cake would cheer him up. Unfortunately, he ain't feeling any better and I don't think he'll recover anytime soon.
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    #2

    Re: I went today to his place.

    Quote Originally Posted by NamelessKing View Post
    Please review my sentences. Is the "by" necessary?

    I went today to his place. I had hoped that by bringing him this chocolate cake would cheer him up. Unfortunately, he ain't feeling any better and I don't think he'll recover anytime soon.
    No. "by" is wrong there. You can use either of these:

    I had hoped that bringing him this chocolate cake would cheer him up.
    I had hoped that, by bringing him this chocolate cake, I could help him cheer up.

    Note that "I went today to his place" uses an unnatural word order. Use either "Today I went to his place" or "I went to his place today".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: I went today to his place.

    Would "I was hoping that..." be the same as "I had hoped that..."?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 09-Aug-2019 at 22:28. Reason: deleting unnecessary quote
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    #4

    Re: I went today to his place.

    Quote Originally Posted by NamelessKing View Post
    Would "I was hoping that..." be the same as "I had hoped that..."?
    "Was hoping" means your hoping occurred at the same time as the visit. "Had hoped" means it happened earlier.
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    #5

    Re: I went today to his place.

    You should put the "today" either at the beginning or the end of the sentence:

    Today I went to his place.
    I went to his place today.


    The way you have it is not wrong, but a little awkward.
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    #6

    Re: I went today to his place.

    Quote Originally Posted by NamelessKing View Post
    Unfortunately, he ain't feeling any better and I don't think he'll recover anytime soon.
    Unless you're trying to speak Ebonics or some other nonstandard dialect of English, ain't should be changed to isn't: ". . . he isn't feeling any better . . . ."

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