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    #1

    to find the time?

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    "Don`t be mad with me because I haven`t fixed the shelves. I---- do it, but I just -----the time."

    a] have meant ; haven`t found
    b] was meaning ; haven`t found
    c] have meant ; didn`t find
    d] meant ; haven`t found

    1] In my opinion, the correct answer is [d].
    2] Is the expression " to find the time " correct? Should I use "to have [the necessary]time"?
    So, the sentence should sound : "I meant to do it but I haven`t had time"


    Thank you in advance

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    #2

    Re: to find the time?

    the time = the necessary time, so there's no need to use 'necessary'

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    #3

    Re: to find the time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    the time = the necessary time, so there's no need to use 'necessary'

    Hi Richard


    Thank you very much for your reply. The question is : Shall I use "to find the time" or "to have the time?

    Thank you again

    Best wishes

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    #4

    Re: to find the time?

    You could say 'haven't found the time' or 'haven't had the time'.

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    Re: to find the time?

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi Teachers
    "Don`t be mad with me because I haven`t fixed the shelves. I---- do it, but I just -----the time."
    a] have meant ; haven`t found
    b] was meaning ; haven`t found
    c] have meant ; didn`t find
    d] meant ; haven`t found
    1] In my opinion, the correct answer is [d].
    2] Is the expression " to find the time " correct? Should I use "to have [the necessary]time"?
    So, the sentence should sound : "I meant to do it but I haven`t had time"
    Thank you in advance
    I'd prefer an option that isn't there - 'I've been meaning to do it'; but if you're restricted to the above four options, I agree that (d) is best (it's just not ideal - as it allows for the interpretation 'I meant to do it [on one occasion] and then completely let it slip my mind').

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