Student or Learner
I have two questions to ask:
His theory seemed hard to believe at the time__________.
a. when he first introduced b. that he first introduced it
c. he first introduced d. which he first introduced it
c and d are obviously wrong.
"b" is not correct because "when should follow" time. "a" is correct but it does have "it". I am confused. Could you please explain to me which is correct?
I am getting married!
a. Many happy returns b. Congratulations
"b" is correct. Is that right?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you in advance.
Two small additions: although (a) is obviously wrong, lacking an 'it', and although (b) is logically better than 'when he first introduced it', I hear native speakers commonly using 'when'. I don't applaud it, but it happens! Also, sticklers for old-style etiquette would say that the 'proper' response to an announcement of an impending marriage is 'Congratulations' if the announcer is a man, and 'Felicitations' if the announcer is a woman. I imagine the (sexist) thinking behind this convention - which, thankfully, is now almost moribund - is that the appropriate response to a man is '[Lucky chap, you are to be congratulated on landing such a prize.] Congratulations' and to a woman is '[Oh dear - he's really not worthy; but I hope you'll be happy anyway.] Felicitations.' (I'm not saying that people who observe this convention actually do think like that, but just that that sort of thinking was probably behind the genesis of the convention, now lost in the mists of time.)