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    #1

    Find the error, please.

    A: I'm sorry I'm ten minutes late.
    B: That's ok. I have just myself arrived.
    A: Hasn't John showed up yet?
    B:No. It's strange of him to be so late.

    I think the second sentence or the last sentence is the answer.
    The second sentence might be changed like I have just arrived myself.
    The last sentence could be changed like It's strange for him to be so late.
    The answer is only one. That means I have to choose one between them.
    Please help me out.

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    #2

    Re: Find the error, please.

    I agree with you. Both of those sentences are not good and should be changed. I would say 'It's unusual for him to be so late.' and 'I (have) just arrived myself.' I won't choose between the two bad sentences. Sorry. If you have to choose, then choose one.

    I just found another mistake. It should be, 'Hasn't John shown up yet?'
    Last edited by 2006; 11-Aug-2007 at 06:12.

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    Re: Find the error, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I agree with you. Both of those sentences are not good and should be changed. I would say 'It's unusual for him to be so late.' and 'I (have) just arrived myself.' I won't choose between the two bad sentences. Sorry. If you have to choose, then choose one.

    I just found another mistake. It should be, 'Hasn't John shown up yet?'
    I just arrived myself.

    Is myself correctly used in this sentence? I mean, is this reflexive pronoun necessary?
    I think I can say :I hurt myself , but I can`t say I arrived myself

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Teia; 11-Aug-2007 at 06:37.

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    Re: Find the error, please.

    "myself" is not really necessary but is commonly used for emphasis. One can also say, 'I (also)(too) just arrived.' We don't say 'I arrived myself.' but do say 'I just arrived myself.'

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    Re: Find the error, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    "myself" is not really necessary but is commonly used for emphasis. One can also say, 'I (also)(too) just arrived.' We don't say 'I arrived myself.' but do say 'I just arrived myself.'
    Thank you for your reply.


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    Re: Find the error, please.

    Re A: Hasn't John showed up yet?

    Am not really sure if this is technically wrong, but I find the use of the negative interesting ie what is the difference between the above and:
    A: Has John showed up yet?

    IMHO I would use: Has John shown up yet?

    I think the difference of: Hasn't John shown up yet? is emphasising an element of surprise, or expectation that John should have arrived already.


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    Re: Find the error, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I agree with you. Both of those sentences are not good and should be changed. I would say 'It's unusual for him to be so late.' and 'I (have) just arrived myself.' I won't choose between the two bad sentences. Sorry. If you have to choose, then choose one.

    I just found another mistake. It should be, 'Hasn't John shown up yet?'

    Thank you for your clear explanation.
    Besides, you've found another mistake that I didn't notice.
    I appreciate that.


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    Re: Find the error, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by das1404 View Post
    Re A: Hasn't John showed up yet?

    Am not really sure if this is technically wrong, but I find the use of the negative interesting ie what is the difference between the above and:
    A: Has John showed up yet?

    IMHO I would use: Has John shown up yet?

    I think the difference of: Hasn't John shown up yet? is emphasising an element of surprise, or expectation that John should have arrived already.

    Thank you so much.
    I didn't know that Hasn't John shown up yet? has a slightly different meaning from Has John shown up yet?
    Thank you for your answer.

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