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    Sorry. I..

    Hi! Help me please to write correct..

    1. Sorry. I didn't mean to stand ? on your foot.
    2. I feel a bit dizzy. I think I am going to ? faint.
    3. They weren't able to finish the project on time. (..use succeed)
    They didn't succeed ? or weren't succeed ? the project on time.

    4. You needn't be there before 10 o'clock. ( ..use have)
    You don't have to be ? there before 10 o'clock. ..or
    You shouldn't have been ? there before 10 o'clock.

    Thank you.
    Natali.

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    Re: Sorry. I..

    Quote Originally Posted by natalika View Post
    hi! Help me please to write correct..

    1. Sorry. I didn't mean to stand ? on your foot. yes
    2. I feel a bit dizzy. I think i am going to ? faint. yes
    3. They weren't able to finish the project on time. (..use succeed)
    they didn't succeed ? or weren't succeed ? the project on time.
    they didn't succeed in finishing the project on time.

    4. You needn't be there before 10 o'clock. ( ..use have)
    you don't have to be ? there before 10 o'clock. yes
    you shouldn't have been ? there before 10 o'clock.


    Thank you.
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    Re: Sorry. I..

    Quote Originally Posted by natalika View Post
    Hi! Help me please to write correct..

    1. Sorry. I didn't mean to stand ? on your foot.
    2. I feel a bit dizzy. I think I am going to ? faint.
    3. They weren't able to finish the project on time. (..use succeed)
    They didn't succeed ? or weren't succeed ? the project on time.
    They didn't succeed in finishing...

    4. You needn't be there before 10 o'clock. ( ..use have)
    You don't have to be ? there before 10 o'clock. ..or
    You shouldn't have been ? there before 10 o'clock.

    Thank you.
    Natali.
    ..

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    Re: Sorry. I..

    Originally Posted by natalika View Post
    Hi! Help me please to write correct..

    1. Sorry. I didn't mean to stand ? on your foot.
    2. I feel a bit dizzy. I think I am going to ? faint.
    3. They weren't able to finish the project on time. (..use succeed)
    They didn't succeed ? or weren't succeed ? the project on time.
    They didn't succeed in finishing...

    4. You needn't be there before 10 o'clock. ( ..use have)
    You don't have to be ? there before 10 o'clock. ..or
    You shouldn't have been ? there before 10 o'clock.
    Neither marker, though (wanting to look on the positive side, I guess) pointed out that your last suggestion ("shouldn't have been") was wrong; it's perfectly grammatical, but inappropriate (it means 'you were there before ten o'clock, and that was wrong').

    Incidentally, well done Natalika. I don't think the questions were all fair: 'use "have"' - when the "have" in "have to" is not really "have" at all; and 'use "succeed"' - as if you could somehow convey the idea of "finishing" with some form of the word "succeed". In this case, I think your mistake was quite reasonable!

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    Last edited by BobK; 22-Oct-2008 at 12:29. Reason: Fix typo

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    Re: Sorry. I..

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post

    Neither marker, though (wanting to look on the positive side, I guess) pointed out that your last suggestion ("shouldn't have been") was wrong;
    I can't speak for Anglika, Bob, but the the question was phrased similar to this:
    "Which is right:
    Sentence A or
    Sentence B"
    In saying saying that sentence A was right, I took it that I was also saying that Sentence B was wrong.

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    Re: Sorry. I..

    It's just that the proliferation of ?s around the "or" made the post ambiguous as between 'I think one of these is right' and 'I think either of these is right'. I just wanted to be sure Natali had the full answer. I certainly wasn't criticizing you or Anglika - sorry if you felt I was


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