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    Grammar

    Dear teachers,

    I was watching a movie when I noticed the use of grammar which is different from what grammar books write. The two sentences are as follows:

    No.1
    A: Even when it stopped raining we didn't come out.
    B: Yeah.

    From the context B should answer 'No' because they didn't come out.

    No.2

    A: You are to be married without telling us?
    B: Yeah.

    From the context B should answer 'No' because he didn't tell A when he made the decision.

    My question is " Has English this grammatical rule changed "?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: Grammar

    1- Yeah seems be agreeing with the statement as a whole- just agreeing with the speaker to push the conversation forward, and not answering a question.
    2- I think you have got the wrong part of the sentence- the person is confirming that they are to be married without telling them:
    Yes, I am to be married without telling you.

    Also, remember that a lot of speech doesn't follow the strict rules of grammar, so you will hear things being said that contradict the rule you read.

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    Re: Grammar


    Dear Tdol,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see. The problem with me is always that I feel uneasy when I come across some grammar structure which is different from what I read.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    1- Yeah seems be agreeing with the statement as a whole- just agreeing with the speaker to push the conversation forward, and not answering a question.
    2- I think you have got the wrong part of the sentence- the person is confirming that they are to be married without telling them:
    Yes, I am to be married without telling you.

    Also, remember that a lot of speech doesn't follow the strict rules of grammar, so you will hear things being said that contradict the rule you read.

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