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    Hey!I`m new and I could use your help
    I have to find mistakes and correct them in these senteces.

    1.He behaved rather silly.
    2.He said that the money was not able to be refunded.
    3.At my arrival in London all the banks were closed.
    4.There was so much smoke that I almoust couldn`t breathe.
    5.In some hospitals appears to be a shortage of beds.


    I`m sorry if questions are stupid,but I`ve been doing this all day,200 sentences,and now I don`t even know my name and I look like this
    So I would be grateful for any help..


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    Re: Help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by redrosewar View Post
    Hey!I`m new and I could use your help
    I have to find mistakes and correct them in these senteces.

    1.He behaved in rather a silly way.
    2.He said that the money couldn't be refunded.
    3.On arriving in London I found all the banks closed.
    4.There was so much smoke that I could hardly breathe.
    5.In some hospitals there appear to be shortages of beds.
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    Last edited by Clark; 16-Jan-2009 at 20:35.

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    #3

    Re: Help!!

    1.He behaved rather silly. [adjective]

    His behaviour was rather silly.

    2.He said that the money was not able to be refunded. [a person is able]

    He said that the money could not be refunded.

    3.At my arrival in London all the banks were closed. [unidiomatic/possible misplaced modifier. Are the banks at your arrival?]

    When I arrived in London, all the banks were closed.

    4.There was so much smoke that I almoust couldn`t breathe. [better to say what you could do (or could not) rather than what you "almost" could not do.]

    There was so much smoke that I could hardly breathe.

    5.In some hospitals appears to be a shortage of beds. [what appears? a shortage? Verb-Subject order is used sometimes, but not here.]

    In some hospitals there appears to be a shortage of beds.
    Last edited by abaka; 16-Jan-2009 at 20:00.


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    Re: Help!!

    You`ve been very helpful.Thank you


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    Re: Help!!

    I have more..
    1.My most favourite subject is maths.
    matemathics can be refered as maths so I have to use singular verb,and i can say most favourite..
    2.Some ill people refuse to take medcine.
    refuse goes with to inf..
    3.Down the rain came,and we all ran back to the house.
    4.I would appreciate if you could let me know whwn you receive this letter.
    Do I always use "it" with appreciate?
    5.He came to see me after and apologized.

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    Re: Help!!

    1.My most favourite subject is maths. [favourite=most liked]

    My favourite subject is maths.
    {By the way, you should know that real mathematicians almost never call their subject "math" or "maths", but always "mathematics"}.

    2.Some ill people refuse to take medicine. [Correct, since medicine is a collective noun for all manner of drugs, and neither the indefinite nor the definite article is suitable. But the following is more idiomatic:]

    Some ill people refuse to take their medicine.

    3.Down the rain came,and we all ran back to the house. [Down modifies came, so should be next to it even if Verb-Subject order is used, as here. "came down" inverts to "down came".]

    Down came the rain, and we all ran back to the house.

    4.I would appreciate if you could let me know whwn you receive this letter. [if starts a condition; appreciate requires a direct object]

    I would appreciate it if you could let me know when you receive this letter.

    Do I always use "it" with appreciate? Often. Probably almost always if the next word is "if".

    5.He came to see me after and apologized. [after=preposition; need adverb]

    He came to see me afterwards, and apologized.
    Last edited by abaka; 17-Jan-2009 at 20:50.


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    Re: Help!!

    Once again,thank you very much for your help... :-*

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    #8

    Re: Help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by redrosewar View Post
    1.My most favourite subject is maths.
    (In AmE it's math.)
    Quote Originally Posted by redrosewar View Post
    2.Some ill people refuse to take medicine.
    In my neck of the woods it is more idiomatic to say sick people. Also, if you are speaking in general terms, you might say medicine. (Some people won't take medicine for a cold.) But if you are speaking in specific terms, for example you are talking about a prescription, say their medicine.
    Quote Originally Posted by redrosewar View Post
    3.Down the rain came,and we all ran back to the house.
    That is good (except for the punctuation problem), but so is abaka's suggestion.
    Quote Originally Posted by redrosewar View Post
    4.I would appreciate if you would let me know when you receive this letter.


    Quote Originally Posted by redrosewar View Post
    5.He came to see me afterwards and apologized.

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