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    Are these sentences correct?

    Hi teachers

    Are the following sentences correct?

    1. Mark resembles his father/Mark looks like his father.[ is there any semantic difference between the verbs "resemble" and "look like"?
    2. He always opened the window at night [ shall I say "He was always opening the window] when we shared the same room.
    3. I simply cannot tell you if I like eating oysters because I have never eaten [such things]. I feel I cannot end the previous sentence without adding a direct object, can I?
    I would like to rephrase the second sentence : When we shared the same room, he used to open the window at night. [ is this one more correct?]
    Thank you very much
    Last edited by Teia; 02-Feb-2007 at 17:15.

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    Hi Teia

    Regarding your second question, here is my opinion:

    He always opened the window at night when we shared the same room. = neutral statement of fact

    He used to open the window at night when we shared the same room. = neutral statement about a past habit

    He was always opening the window at night when we shared the same room. = suggests that the past habitual activity was annoying ("was always opening").

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    Hi Teia
    Regarding your second question, here is my opinion:
    He always opened the window at night when we shared the same room. = neutral statement of fact
    He used to open the window at night when we shared the same room. = neutral statement about a past habit
    He was always opening the window at night when we shared the same room. = suggests that the past habitual activity was annoying ("was always opening").

    Hi Philly

    Thank you very much for clarifying that. Your third sentence expresses best the idea I was looking for. Thank you again.

    Regards

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    You're welcome, Teia.

    As regards the first question, I don't really see much difference other than the fact that using the word 'resembles' is a slightly more formal register than using 'looks like'. Maybe someone else will have a different opinion, though.

    In your third sentence, yes, you need an object.

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi teachers

    Are the following sentences correct?

    1. Mark resembles his father/Mark looks like his father.[ is there any semantic difference between the verbs "resemble" and "look like"?
    2. He always opened the window at night [ shall I say "He was always opening the window] when we shared the same room.
    3. I simply cannot tell you if I like eating oysters because I have never eaten [such things]. I feel I cannot end the previous sentence without adding a direct object, can I?
    I would like to rephrase the second sentence : When we shared the same room, he used to open the window at night. [ is this one more correct?]
    Thank you very much
    As for Q3, you can say:
    I simply cannot tell you if I like eating oysters because I have never eaten them before.

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    You're welcome, Teia.
    As regards the first question, I don't really see much difference other than the fact that using the word 'resembles' is a slightly more formal register than using 'looks like'. Maybe someone else will have a different opinion, though.
    In your third sentence, yes, you need an object.
    Hi Philly

    Thank you. This is my opinion ,as well ,but I was not so sure.

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by sydneysider View Post
    As for Q3, you can say:
    I simply cannot tell you if I like eating oysters because I have never eaten them before.
    Hi Sydneysider

    Your sentence sounds more appropriate than mine.
    Thank you.

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    You're welcome.

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