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    #1

    which sentence is more correct?


    Did your assistant tell you that I wasn't going/coming to your class today?

    Did your assistant tell you that I couldn't go/come to your class today?

    Has your assistant told you that I wasn't going/coming to your class today?

    Has your assistant told you that I couldn't go/come to your class today?



    Hi,
    I am unable to go to my English class. Then I leave a message with the teacher’s assistant. A few hours later I run across the teacher on the street and I want to ask her if she'd got my message.
    Which sentence above is the best one, please?
    Thanks.
    Last edited by jctgf; 13-Jul-2008 at 00:04.

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    #2

    Re: which sentence is more correct?

    2, though 1 is fine too

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    #3

    Re: which sentence is more correct?

    2 sounds more polite than 1.

    not a teacher


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    #4

    Re: which sentence is more correct?

    1/2 but 2 seems better because the word 'couldn't' is included

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