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    check this sentence out

    Terry had to spend the weekend without his car because the garage had trouble finding the parts to fix it.

    well this sentence is correct. but to me it sounds like the garage couldn't find the parts need to fix something and not someone couldn't find the parts in fixing the garage.

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    Re: check this sentence out

    Terry had to spend the weekend without his car because the garage had trouble finding the parts to fix it.
    It's not a great sentence that's for sure.

    What about if we added a couple of commas?

    Terry had to spend the weekend without his car, because the garage had trouble, finding the parts to fix it.

    It's not much better, but I think it helps.
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    Re: check this sentence out

    Hi,

    Who said that this sentence was correct?

    Iza

    Quote Originally Posted by gonghai
    Terry had to spend the weekend without his car because the garage had trouble finding the parts to fix it.

    well this sentence is correct. but to me it sounds like the garage couldn't find the parts need to fix something and not someone couldn't find the parts in fixing the garage.

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    Re: check this sentence out

    Hi,

    I'm sorry but I don't see how this sentence is correct, even with the commas. What does "the garage had trouble" mean?

    Iza

    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    Terry had to spend the weekend without his car because the garage had trouble finding the parts to fix it.
    It's not a great sentence that's for sure.

    What about if we added a couple of commas?

    Terry had to spend the weekend without his car, because the garage had trouble, finding the parts to fix it.

    It's not much better, but I think it helps.

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    It works in British English- the garage is the repair shop.

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    Re: check this sentence out

    Quote Originally Posted by gonghai
    Terry had to spend the weekend without his car because the garage had trouble finding the parts to fix it.

    well this sentence is correct. but to me it sounds like the garage couldn't find the parts need to fix something and not someone couldn't find the parts in fixing the garage.
    I think it's perfect as it is.
    Terry had to spend the weekend without his car because the garage (repair service) couldn't find the parts to fix it (the car).

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    Re: check this sentence out

    [quote="izabela"]Hi,

    Who said that this sentence was correct?

    Iza

    i found this sentence in a grammer book and it says its correct but the flow of the sentence sounds ackward

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    Re: check this sentence out

    Quote Originally Posted by queenmaabd
    Quote Originally Posted by gonghai
    Terry had to spend the weekend without his car because the garage had trouble finding the parts to fix it.

    well this sentence is correct. but to me it sounds like the garage couldn't find the parts need to fix something and not someone couldn't find the parts in fixing the garage.
    I think it's perfect as it is.
    Terry had to spend the weekend without his car because the garage (repair service) couldn't find the parts to fix it (the car).
    oohh i see now

    thanks for the clarification

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    thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It works in British English- the garage is the repair shop.
    oh i see now
    thanks for the clarification

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    You're welcome

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