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    Are the below sentences correct?

    1)I went to a railway station to bid adieu to my friends.
    2) I went shopping and returned home late.
    3) I stopped smoking since yesterday.
    4) We went to a temple early in the morning
    5) I am not sure whether you know the mistakes in the above sentences or not.


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    Re: Are the below sentences correct?

    Are the below sentences correct?
    This is a common mistake in threads to this forum. It should be:
    Are the sentences below correct?

    1)I went to a railway station to bid adieu to my friends.
    Were you phenomenally lucky? Were they there? By some fluke, was it the right railway station?
    Your sentence says, "I went to one of the railway stations in the world to..." - when really, it would have been better to go to the specific railway station that they were leaving from -
    "I went to the railway station to bid adieu to my friends."

    2) I went shopping and returned home late.
    Correct

    3) I stopped smoking since yesterday.
    Two choices:
    I stopped smoking yesterday.
    I haven't smoked since yesterday
    .
    'since' implies a span of time, from 'yesterday' right up to this moment. The Simple Past tense is just one moment in time, a snapshot of a fact. It's like saying, "I stopped smoking yesterday at 11.37.05 a.m." (the hour, the minutes, the seconds).
    Referring to a period of time as in this sentence when you use 'since', we must use the Present Perfect tense


    4) We went to a temple early in the morning.
    Correct

    5) I am not sure whether you know the mistakes in the above sentences or not.

    Do you mean:
    I am unsure whether you can see/detect the mistakes in the sentences above or not.

    Were you thinking, "I am unsure whether you know what is wrong with the sentences above or not"?
    Last edited by David L.; 26-Jul-2008 at 07:19.

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    Re: Are the below sentences correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Are the below sentences correct?
    This is a common mistake in threads to this forum. It should be:
    Are the sentences below correct?
    I would suggest :
    Are the sentences given below correct?


    5) I am not sure whether you know the mistakes in the above sentences or not.

    Do you mean:
    I am unsure whether you can see/detect the mistakes in the sentences above or not.

    Were you thinking, "I am unsure whether you know what is wrong with the sentences above or not"?
    I would suggest :
    I am not sure whether you would be able to detect mistakes in the above sentences.(or not is not required)
    SUDHKAMP(not a teacher)


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    Re: Are the below sentences correct?

    [quote=David L.;326023]Are the below sentences correct?
    This is a common mistake in threads to this forum. It should be:
    Are the sentences below correct?


    Should we use the adjective below after the noun in every case ? Or it should follow the noun only in questions?

    Does the specified correction valid to 'above' too?

    Is it correc to say : Please answer two of the below questions.


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    Re: Are the below sentences correct?

    SUDHKAMP:
    Are the sentences below correct?
    I would suggest :
    Are the sentences given below correct?


    The first sentence is appropriate for informal requests. Sudhkamp's suggestion is how a teacher might phrase it in a written test: it is a little more formal than the original that ramanji used.

    Should we use the adjective below after the noun in every case ? Or it should follow the noun only in questions?

    Does the specified correction valid to 'above' too?

    Is it correc to say : Please answer two of the below questions.


    AH!
    'above' is used as a preposition; and also in other contexts such as yours, as an adverb - NOT an adjective that should come before the noun (and so confuses you when I happen to be putting it AFTER the noun!)

    "The two cases of medical fraud above/I have described above are only..."
    "The two cases of medical fraud below/I describe below are only..."

    If I expand the first one: "The two cases of medical fraud that I describe below..."
    - can you see that in fact, your sentence, written in full, would be, "Are the sentences that are given/ I have typed below correct?
    - and that 'above' has nothing to do with modifying 'sentences', but modifies the verb 'given' - given above, given below, typed below etc.
    It is just that for brevity, we omit many of the words because it does not affect the meaning...(but sometimes confuses people because of the grammar involved!
    Is it correct to say : Please answer two of the below
    questions

    No. You would need to say,
    "Please answer two of the questions below."
    or
    "Please answer two of the following questions:"
    Last edited by David L.; 26-Jul-2008 at 11:30.

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