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    #1

    is this dialogue ok?

    -I'll visit you next weekend.
    -next weekend? sure?
    -yes, I had already told you that...
    -I knew you were coming but I didn't know it was that soon!!
    -when did you think it was, then?

    hi,
    could you please correct this dialogue?
    how you would rephrase it in a casual way?
    Is the last sentence fine?
    thanks

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    #2

    Re: is this dialogue ok?

    A few suggestions.
    Capitalize first letter after each full stop.
    Next weekend? Sure? (Did you want the "sure" to be a question?)
    Yes, I already told you that. (Don't need "had". Full stop at end.)
    I knew you were coming but I didn't realize it was that soon!
    When did you think it was? ("then" not needed.)
    Last edited by oregeezer; 10-Apr-2008 at 03:39. Reason: Added content

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    #3

    Re: is this dialogue ok?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    -I'll visit you next weekend.
    -next weekend? sure?
    -yes, I had already told you that...
    -I knew you were coming but I didn't know it was that soon!!
    -when did you think it was, then?

    hi,
    could you please correct this dialogue?
    how you would rephrase it in a casual way?
    Is the last sentence fine?
    thanks
    I would prefer 'I'm visiting you next weekend' since the dialogue implies that the speaker has already arranged to visit the other person.

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    #4

    Re: is this dialogue ok?

    hi,
    thanks a lot!
    I gave up trying to understand the difference between I'll and I'm...
    according to my grammar, I should use I'll when the action is not planned and I'm when it is.
    I have seen a lot of sentences that simply do not follow this rule.
    Is it a very important issue in English?
    thanks again.

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    #5

    Re: is this dialogue ok?

    hi!
    Could I have said "when did you think I was coming?".
    thanks.


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    #6

    Re: is this dialogue ok?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi!
    Could I have said "when did you think I was coming?".
    thanks.
    Yes, you can.

    I think your original sentence "I will visit you next weekend" is quite usable. It can also be "I will be visiting you next weekend" as well as "I am visiting you next weekend".

    Which is best rather depends on your context and what is the understood situation.

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    #7

    Re: is this dialogue ok?

    jctgfis this dialogue ok?
    -I'll visit you next weekend.
    -next weekend? sure?
    -yes, I had already told you that...
    -I knew you were coming but I didn't know it was that soon!!
    -when did you think it was, then?


    -I knew you were coming but I didn't know it is that soon!
    - When did you think it is?

    "Is" is right in this case? Please.

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    #8

    Re: is this dialogue ok?

    I think "it was" needs to match "I knew".
    I am just a student.

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    #9

    Re: is this dialogue ok?

    Means the same as:

    I knew you were coming but I didn't know it was (going to be) that soon!!

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