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    #1

    Grammar question

    Hi everyone,

    I saw a native speaker use the sentence

    "Do you have any idea where these crude expressions originate and what was their original meaning?"

    However, I thought that it should be "Do you have any idea where these crude expressions originate and what their original meaning was?"

    Is this a matter of preference, or is one of them wrong -mine, most probably- ? Thanks in advance.


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    Re: Grammar question

    Hi there I'm neither a native speaker nor a teacher:

    However, shall I suggest the followign sentence?

    Do you have any idea where these crude expressions originate (in), and what their original meanings are?

    Cheers
    Udara

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    Re: Grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by Super Sonic View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I saw a native speaker use the sentence

    "Do you have any idea where these crude expressions originate and what was their original meaning?"

    However, I thought that it should be "Do you have any idea where these crude expressions originate and what their original meaning was?"

    Is this a matter of preference, or is one of them wrong -mine, most probably- ? Thanks in advance.

    Your correction is right.

    However:
    People don't speak as they write. Communication in informal situations is often about getting your message across. Also, communication skills vary from one individual to another, depending on level of education, dialect and so on. This, however, is not a thumb rule. Even highly educated people often opt for the breeziness of relaxed colloquial language when hanging out with friends.
    Last edited by bianca; 10-Jul-2007 at 21:32.

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