Student or Learner
Please teach me about this sentence below.
To pill in the blanks below to make the similar meaning of this sentence
:"If possible, I want them to stay at home." ,
"I'd rather ( ) ( ) at home."
(they) (stay) or (they) (stayed) are answer of it.
I wonder why (they) (stayed) can be used for this sentence.
I disagree with my learned colleague.
In English, we sometimes use the past tense FORM as a way to distance things, which tends to make them seem more polite/ more deferential. It has nothing to do with any finished action, it's simply the form that's used to cause the effect I've/I mentioned.
If I were you, I wouldn't talk to him that way.
I was wondering if you could ...
Last edited by riverkid; 12-Dec-2007 at 19:24.
Dear 2006 and riverkid,
First of all, thank you very much to both of you for replying
I understand your explanations. I am glad to know them.
Thanks a lot.