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    • Join Date: Jul 2007
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    More questions

    1)I sat on the terrace, drinking coffee. From there I could see the vineyard and olive groves bellow me
    - Why do we use drinking here but not drank?
    - Why use could here since could doesn't imply the idea" achievement on a particular occasion in the past", I think it would be better if we have were able to here. How about you?

    2)She was planning to ring her friend but she forgot
    Can I use: She was to ring her friend....
    ?

    3) Every child will have chance to go to vocational school or schools?

    Thanks in advance


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: More questions

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    1)I sat on the terrace, drinking coffee. From there I could see the vineyard and olive groves below me
    - Why do we use drinking here but not drank? As he is doing one thing, he is also doing another. He sat on the terrace, drinking his coffee - it is an ongoing action.
    - Why use could here since could doesn't imply the idea" achievement on a particular occasion in the past", I think it would be better if we have were able to here. How about you? You can use "were able to" but the author preferred "could see". It is his/her preference.

    2)She was planning to ring her friend but she forgot
    Can I use: She was to ring her friend.... No, because she has a plan to ring her friend.
    ?

    3) Every child will have chance to go to vocational school or schools? Will each child go to more than one school?

    Thanks in advance
    .

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