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    2 questions

    Hi!

    1. What's correct: there're two group OR there're two groupS ?

    2. I found this in the book:

    'I'm sorry,' he said quickly. 'I shall be away all day tomorrow. If you will excuse me...'

    Hm... I''ve always thought that if and when (and some other adverbs) can't be followed by will. Is that true?


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    Re: 2 questions

    1. There're two groups. (PLURAL!)

    2. We sometimes use will in the if-clause with the meanings of polite refusal, polite request or to express annoyance.
    'If you will excuse me...' appears to be a polite refusal.

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    Re: 2 questions

    Continuing asking simple questions, what variant is more correct:

    'With time going by'
    'With time go by'
    'With time went by'
    'With time having gone by'

    I think that the first two variants refer to the present, meaning 'time is going by, but we still have some time'. The last two, in my view, refer to the past. But what is the difference between them?
    Is it possible to use either with or as in this context?


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    #4

    Re: 2 questions

    Note:
    There are two groups

    They are coming to my party : They're coming to my party.


    There's no such word as "there're"

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    #5

    Re: 2 questions

    Well... some sources do approve of existence of this contraction:
    there're - Wiktionary


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    #6

    Re: 2 questions

    undeddy: your site reference reveals:

    “I say there're no depressed words just depressed minds.” — attributed to Bob Dylan (singer/song writer).

    Pa-leeeeeze. A quoted neologism.
    There's no such word.
    ...and 'depressed words' would have to be regarded as poetic licence - otherwise, he's referring to words chiselled or burned into wood.

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    Re: 2 questions

    Ok, mm can you help me with my last question?

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