Do we need to change the words in ( ) to plural forms? thx

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In future, students will not need to carry books to school. They will just bring a notebook ( or notebooks? ) to school.


Similary,

In future, people will do shopping at home. They will buy things ( through or on?) the television and a robot ( robots? ) will deliver the things to their (home or homes?)


Sorry for posting such silly questions. Thanks for helping again, teachers!

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In future, people will do shopping at home. They will buy things through (or via) the television and a robots will deliver the things to their (home or homes?
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In future, people will do shopping at home. They will buy things through (or via) the television and a robots will deliver the things to their (home or homes?
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Could I add something please?

In "the future"? "robots"?

I would eliminate "the" and use "goods", "products", or "merchandise" in place of "things" in this particular example.


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Thank you, teachers. What about using "a robot" or "robots" and "home" or "homes" in the latter part of the sentence? Thanks for helping again! T_T
 
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Helped Wanted said:
Thank you, teachers. What about using "a robot" or "robots" and "home" or "homes" in the latter part of the sentence? Thanks for helping again! T_T



You could say "a robot" and "their home" in order to refer to all "robots" and all "homes" collectively, but I think it makes more sense to use the plural forms here. I would say "robots" and "their homes" in this sentence.
 
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Thanks for helping again, CitySpeak! ^o^

So, just to be clear, let's see what we finally have here.


In the future, people will do their shopping at home. They will buy things via the television, and robots will deliver products (merchandise or goods) to their homes.

Keep in mind that you can use "purchase" in place of "buy". If this is an essay or some sort of formal discourse, the verb "purchase" might work better than "buy".

They will purchase products via the television, and robots will deliver them directly to their homes.


For "buy" we also have the phrase "make a purchase".

We could say "They will make purchases via the television."

"make a purchase"

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&as_qdr=all&q="make+a+purchase"


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Thanks for helping again and again, CitySpeak! Is it right to add in a few words there in the sentence as in:

In the future, people will do their shopping at home. They will buy things via the television, and there will be robots to deliver products (merchandise or goods) to their homes.

Is it OK to add a few extra words in there?

PLUS I've got another sentence that needs corrections. Please advise too! Sorry for the hassle, teachers!

When I was a little girl, I already loved painting and drawing. So I made up my mind to be a fashion designer in the future.
 
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Thanks for helping again and again, CitySpeak! Is it right to add in a few words there in the sentence as in:

In the future, people will do their shopping at home. They will buy things via the television, and there will be robots to deliver products (merchandise or goods) to their homes

PLUS, I've got another sentence that needs corrections. Please advise too! Sorry for the hassle, teachers!

When I was a little girl, I already loved painting and drawing, so I made up my mind to be a fashion designer in the future.

Please correct if there's any mistakes. Thanks again! T_T
 

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Re: Do we need to change the words in ( ) to plural forms? t

They will just bring a notebook to school.
==> Each student brings one notebook.

They will just bring notebooks to school.
==> Each student with bring more than one notebook.

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Thanks for more detailed explanation, teacher Casiopea! ^o^
 

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Helped Wanted said:
Thanks for helping again and again, CitySpeak! Is it right to add in a few words there in the sentence as in:

In the future, people will do their shopping at home. They will buy things via the television, and there will be robots to deliver products (merchandise or goods) to their homes

PLUS, I've got another sentence that needs corrections. Please advise too! Sorry for the hassle, teachers!

When I was a little girl, I already loved painting and drawing, so I made up my mind to be a fashion designer in the future.

Please correct if there's any mistakes. Thanks again! T_T

Your first sentence is perfectly good. As for the second sentence, change it to: "When I was a little girl I loved painting and drawing, so I made up my mind to become a fashion designer in the future." (As Red advised in the other thread.)

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Helped Wanted said:
Thanks for helping again and again, CitySpeak! Is it right to add in a few words there in the sentence as in:

In the future, people will do their shopping at home. They will buy things via the television, and there will be robots to deliver products (merchandise or goods) to their homes

PLUS, I've got another sentence that needs corrections. Please advise too! Sorry for the hassle, teachers!

When I was a little girl, I already loved painting and drawing, so I made up my mind to be a fashion designer in the future.

Please correct if there's any mistakes. Thanks again! T_T


I would leave it as "and robots will deliver products (merchandise or goods) to their homes."

It is correct as you have written it, but "there will be" is not really necessary. I think the sentence is better without "there will be".

When I was a little girl, I already loved painting and drawing, so I made up my mind to be a fashion designer in the future.

You just need to remove "already" and the sentence will be correct. However, I think it would be better to divide this sentence into two. The two clauses express thoughts that are related to each other, but I still think two sentences would be better. To me, there doesn't seem to be a strong enough connection between both clauses to combine them as one sentence.

I would write it as follows:

When I was a little girl, I loved painting and drawing. This is why I made up my mind to become a fashion designer.

or: This is one reason why I made up my mind to become a fashion designer.

If you want to use "already", this is how you can use it.

I had already discovered when I was a little girl that I loved painting and drawing. So, I made up my mind to become a fashion designer.

Also, I don't think "in the future" is really necessary here. The sentence already indicates that this is a future plan.

Did you decide to become a fashion designer when you were a little girl, or did you decide after you had grown up? At what point did you decide to become a fashion designer :?:

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Thank you soooooo much for such a detailed explanation, teacher CitySpeak! Many, many thanks again for helping! ^o^
 
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