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    please help me (confusing grammar problems) xxx

    dear teachers,

    i have a few of questions, please help me. :)

    what's the difference between A,B and C? how can i know which one should be used?

    1)

    if necessary, here's the context.: john set the rules but mary broke it and then john said to her "_______"

    A. i already told you not to bring any pets here.

    B. i have (already) told you not to bring any pets here.

    C. i had told you not to bring any pets here.


    2)

    if necessary, here's the context.: father had retired many years ago and one day he had vocation with his sun and said "______" to him.

    A. i had worked whole my life and had never thought i would spend holidays in italy.

    B. i worked whole my life and never thought i would spend holidays in italy.

    here's also a little confusion, sorry. which one i should use in this context and why?

    i) i worked whole my life and never thought i would spend holidays in italy.

    ii) i worked whole my life and never thought i would be spending holidays in italy.

    iii) i worked whole my life and never thought i would have spent holidays in italy.

    iiii) can i change all the "would"s into "could"s in these sentence?

    many thanks

    xxx


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    Re: please help me (confusing grammar problems) xxx

    Quote Originally Posted by dafunkygirl View Post
    dear teachers,

    i have a few of questions, please help me. :)

    what's the difference between A,B and C? how can i know which one should be used?

    1)

    if necessary, here's the context.: john set the rules but mary broke it and then john said to her "_______"

    A. i already told you not to bring any pets here.

    B. i have (already) told you not to bring any pets here.

    C. i had told you not to bring any pets here.


    2)

    if necessary, here's the context.: father had retired many years ago and one day he had vocation with his sun and said "______" to him.

    A. i had worked whole my life and had never thought i would spend holidays in italy.

    B. i worked whole my life and never thought i would spend holidays in italy.

    here's also a little confusion, sorry. which one i should use in this context and why?

    i) i worked whole my life and never thought i would spend holidays in italy.

    ii) i worked whole my life and never thought i would be spending holidays in italy.

    iii) i worked whole my life and never thought i would have spent holidays in italy.

    iiii) can i change all the "would"s into "could"s in these sentence?

    many thanks

    xxx
    i really need your help. :)

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    Re: please help me (confusing grammar problems) xxx

    I'm not a teacher but I'll try (if I'm wrong I hope somebody will correct me).

    Quote Originally Posted by dafunkygirl View Post
    dear teachers,

    i have a few of questions, please help me. :)

    what's the difference between A,B and C? how can i know which one should be used?

    1)

    if necessary, here's the context.: john set the rules but mary broke it and then john said to her "_______"

    A. i already told you not to bring any pets here.

    B. i have (already) told you not to bring any pets here.

    C. i had told you not to bring any pets here.

    The asnswer B (Present Perfect) is wrong here because he had told her (the rule) not to bring any pets before she broke that rule. The A is Past Simple and it is quite affordable here in my opinion. The answer C (Past Perfect) - Mary broke the rule that had been set (established) by John.
    But let's imagine that the situation is happening now then the monologue should be like this: you have broken the rule I told you about (some time in the past).



    2)

    if necessary, here's the context.: father had retired many years ago and one day he had vocation with his sun and said "______" to him.

    A. i had worked whole my life and had never thought i would spend holidays in italy.

    B. i worked whole my life and never thought i would spend holidays in italy.

    I would say: I've worked all (whole) my life and have never thought that I would (could\may\migth) spend my holidays in Italy.

    here's also a little confusion, sorry. which one i should use in this context and why?

    i) i worked whole my life and never thought i would spend holidays in italy.

    ii) i worked whole my life and never thought i would be spending holidays in italy.

    iii) i worked whole my life and never thought i would have spent holidays in italy. but

    iiii) can i change all the "would"s into "could"s in these sentence? Yes

    many thanks

    xxx
    I hope this help. Anyway I believe that someone will reply.
    Last edited by greegorush; 07-May-2009 at 13:56.


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    Re: please help me (confusing grammar problems) xxx

    thanks greegorush but i still don't think i have understood it.

    anyone else, guys?

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    Re: please help me (confusing grammar problems) xxx

    Hey experts! Is something wrong with this thread? Why don't you want to help us? I think this is a good question and I'll (we'll) be glad if you make it clear for us.

    Thanks!

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    Re: please help me (confusing grammar problems) xxx

    I'm not a teacher either so please correct me if it's wrong.


    As for the first sentence, I think that is kinda a reported speech. so it's rules should be applied to it and therefore I think the answer would be C. But that's just my own opinion.

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