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    whoever, would have done, afternoon(the same post but jlinger did not explain all)

    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1
    I hope ______ that was involved in that accident this morning was all right.

    a. anyone b. whoever
    The key is "b" but I think "a" is the correct answer. Is that right?

    No.2
    If I had studied hard in theuniversity, I _____ things easy now.
    a. would have taken b. would be taking
    The key is "b", which means at the very moment the speaker says the sentence. But I think "a" is also correct since it is subjunctive mood. Is that right?

    No.3
    We will leave for Spain ________.
    a. at 5 in the afternoon next Friday
    b. at 5 next Friday afternoon.
    The key is "b". Although "a" isn't a good sentence but it is correct. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang


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    Re: whoever, would have done, afternoon(the same post but jlinger did not explain all

    No.1
    I hope ______ that was involved in that accident this morning was all right.

    a. anyone b. whoever
    The key is "b" but I think "a" is the correct answer. Is that right?


    If we regard the sentence, "I hope ______ that was involved in that accident this morning was all right."
    as correctly typed when posted, then we cannot use 'whoever that':
    I hope whoever that was involved in that accident this morning was all right.


    It would have to be:
    I hope whoever was involved in that accident this morning was all right.


    To use 'anyone', it becomes:
    I hope anyone that was involved in that accident this morning was all right.

    ...which is passable, and just as you thought.

    No.2
    If I had studied hard in the university, I _____ things easy now.
    a. would have taken b. would be taking
    The key is "b", which means at the very moment the speaker says the sentence. But I think "a" is also correct since it is subjunctive mood. Is that right?


    The sentence should be: If I had studied hard at university, I _____ things easy now.
    Putting in the suggested verbs:
    If I had studied hard in the university, I would be taking things easy now
    This sentence is logical. It means that having studied hard and obtained a degree, I could now have all the benefits of a good job and good salary (as opposed to someone who perhaps has to take a second job at night, or weekends, to earn more money, because the only kind of jobs he can get without a degree do not pay very well.)

    "If I had studied hard at university, I would have taken things easy now."
    To use 'now' in this sentence, we would have to say:
    "If I had studied hard at university, I would have taken things easy by now." 'would have taken' is a form of the Present Perfect, and this form of the tense is used when the action or event occurs over a period of time - that period of time is 'from the time I finished studying hard, till now'. 'now' on it's own indicates an instant in time, not a period of time.
    Also, I'm not quite sure what the sentence means:
    If I had studied hard, then I would have rewarded myself by not working hard afterwards. BUT - you didn't study hard. So - it implies you were taking things 'easy' - so, if you were taking things easy before and during Uni, how can you say, so I would be taking things easy now if only I had...'.
    There is no 'condition' - you have always taken it 'easy' it would appear!.

    No.3
    We will leave for Spain ________.
    a. at 5 in the afternoon next Friday
    b. at 5 next Friday afternoon.
    The key is "b". Although "a" isn't a good sentence but it is correct. Is that right?

    YES
    Last edited by David L.; 09-Oct-2008 at 10:19.

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