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    Smile finished gardening

    After he'd finished gardening, he cleared dirt from his boots.



    Does the above sentence sound right and good? If yes, how do you paraphrase the phrase in bold? Thanks.

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    Re: finished gardening

    After he'd finished gardening,
    => He finished gardening and then,

    he cleared dirt from his boots.

    He wiped the dirt from his boots.

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    Re: finished gardening

    Thanks, Soup.
    By the way, does it sound right to say "clean the dirt from his boots?"

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    Re: finished gardening

    ...cleaned/scraped the dirt off (of) his boots.

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    Smile Re: finished gardening

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    ...cleaned/scraped the dirt off (of) his boots.
    Thanks, Soup.
    Your suggestions sound perfect to me but mine also sounds good to me--clean the dirt from his boots. If mine doesn't sound right, then English is really hard, right?


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    Re: finished gardening

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, Soup.
    Your suggestions sound perfect to me but mine also sounds good to me--clean the dirt from his boots. If mine doesn't sound right, then English is really hard, right?
    You use the past tense for "clean" since it is in parallel with the verb "finished"

    After he'd finished gardening, he cleans his boots.
    After he'd finished gardening, he cleaned his boots.

    But you could say
    After finishing his gardening he cleans his boots .

    No one said learning English was easy

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    Re: finished gardening

    Thanks, Naamplao.
    It's a typo--cleaned, but my main concern is about "from his boots?"
    That is, does "cleaned the dirt from his boots" sound right?

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    Re: finished gardening

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    ...English is really hard, right?
    Listen, I speak more than just a few languages, but Chinese, well, lemme tell ya, it is as hard as it gets, so don't even go there about English being really hard. You can speak Chinese.


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    Re: finished gardening

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, Naamplao.
    It's a typo--cleaned, but my main concern is about "from his boots?"
    That is, does "cleaned the dirt from his boots" sound right?
    Yes that is fine

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    Smile Re: finished gardening

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Listen, I speak more than just a few languages, but Chinese, well, lemme tell ya, it is as hard as it gets, so don't even go there about English being really hard. You can speak Chinese.
    That makes two of us! English is hard for us because it's way way different from Chinese. With your words in mind, I'll keep up the good work.
    Thanks again, Soup.
    And good night!

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    Yes that is fine
    Thanks, Naamplao.

    By the way, your alias sounds very Asian-like, right?

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