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    What is wrong?

    I have a few sentences that my teacher told that are wrong and I can't find the mistakes, please help me:

    1. I was amazed when I saw that your daughter speaks so well at 2 yers old.
    2. Many people have trouble locating their cars when the parking area is full.
    3. Teachers should have a clear purpose in mind when they ask to the students to do something.
    4. You may question whether your friends are sincere if they usually don't do what they say.
    5. With talk of the factory closing down, many workers were uncertain whether they will keep their jobs.

    Thank you!

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    Re: What is wrong?

    1. Shall I ignore the misspelling of years? If so, then the only error I can find is that you don't "see" how someone speaks, but rather "hear" it?

    2. I can't find any error here, either!

    3. You don't ask to the students. You simply ask the students.

    --enough for me!

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    Re: What is wrong?

    4 and 5 seem okay to me, too!

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    Re: What is wrong?

    1. I was amazed when I saw that your daughter speaks so well for a 2 year old.
    2. Many people have trouble locating their car when the parking area is full.
    3. Teachers should have a clear purpose in mind when they ask their students to do something.
    4. You might well question whether your friends are sincere if they usually don't do what they say.
    5. With talk of the factory closing down, many workers were uncertain whether they would keep their job.

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    Re: What is wrong?

    Oops. You're right on the tenses.
    ...were uncertain ... would keep and
    ...are uncertain ... will keep.

    Unless they were uncertain yesterday, but last night there was a meeting and they know they will have their jobs... so now they were uncertain but now they are certain... nah, you should change the tense.

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    Re: What is wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by monica.daliu View Post
    I have a few sentences that my teacher told that are wrong and I can't find the mistakes, please help me:

    1. I was amazed when I saw that your daughter speaks so well at 2 yers old. I would say "at two years of age" But, the saw/hear could also be what the teacher means.
    2. Many people have trouble locating their cars when the parking area is full. Generally we would say "when the parking lot" is full.
    3. Teachers should have a clear purpose in mind when they ask to (omit) the students to do something.
    4. You may question whether your friends are sincere if they usually don't do what they say.
    5. With talk of the factory closing down, many workers were uncertain whether they will keep their jobs. whether they could/would keep their jobs.

    Thank you!
    I am not a tacher.


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    Re: What is wrong?

    Thanks for all of your answers!

    I still have a few more questions:

    - How is correct: "at 2 year old"or "at 2 years old"?
    - What is the difference between "parking area" and "parking lot"?
    - How is correct: "many workers were uncertain whether they would keep their job" or "many workers were uncertain whether they would keep their jobs"?

    Thank you!

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