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Adam Cruge

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I wish I was a Selfish Giant;then winter prevailed on my house only all year long and I would not have to suffer from the heat of the summer.


Check the underlined part. Is it ok?
 

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I would say 'then winter would prevail' and remove 'only'.
 

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Ok, but what about the underlined part? is the tense ok and compatible with the rest of the sentence.
 

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The underlined part will be compatible with the rest of the sentence if you make TDol's suggested changes.
 

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Ok thank you...
 

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I would suggest "I wish I were a selfish giant..."
 

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I would question a person's ability to change the climate merely by being a giant.
 

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This is in connection with the fairy tale "The selfish giant" by Oscar Wilde. I wrote the sentence to make a joke, not a serious one.
 

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They might act as a windbreak.
 
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