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    "It"and "on" in my sentences

    Is "on" optional before "depend" and "it" before "quickly"?


    "Yes, you may need English in the future. We don't know what's ahead of us in the future. If you spend a lot of time learning English you will learn it quickly. You may need it when you travel but it depends on where you go."

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    Re: "It"and "on" in my sentences

    Always post your own sentences for correction here in Editing & Writing Topics, please.

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    Re: "It"and "on" in my sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Is Are "on" optional before after "depends" and "it" before "quickly" optional?

    "Yes, you may might need English in the future. We don't know what's ahead of us. in the future. If you spend a lot of time learning English, you will learn it quickly. You may might need it when you travel but it depends on where you go."
    "It" is required before "quickly" because you need to make it clear that you are talking specifically about learning English. If you remove "it", it gives the impression that if you spend a lot of time studying English, it will make you capable of learning (generally) quickly.

    "on" is optional. I wouldn't use it in this context.

    By the way, I don't necessarily agree with the idea that if you spend a lot of time studying something, you'll learn it fast. Some people spend hours and hours studying something but still take years and years to really get to grips with it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "It"and "on" in my sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "It" is required before "quickly" because you need to make it clear that you are talking specifically about learning English. If you remove "it", it gives the impression that if you spend a lot of time studying English, it will make you capable of learning (generally) quickly.

    "on" is optional. I wouldn't use it in this context.

    By the way, I don't necessarily agree with the idea that if you spend a lot of time studying something, you'll learn it fast. Some people spend hours and hours studying something but still take years and years to really get to grips with it.
    I used "may" because my book "English Grammar in Context" by Michael Vince lists them as correct options when we are talking about a future possibility. By the way, I remember my thread about the correct options in "It may/might/could rain." I was advised against using "could" in my sentence but according to Vince it's not wrong. Does it also depend on personal preference?

    Is "in the future" unnecessary or wrong?

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    Re: "It"and "on" in my sentences

    I'm one of those outdated pedants that reserves "may" for permission, as an alternative to "can". I always prefer "might" for possibility. I'm aware that "may" and "might" are commonly used interchangeably these days. My grandfather must be turning in his grave.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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