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1. The reason he has been such a success is because he never gives up.
The reason that ?

2. For hundreds of years the Indian tribe has wandered the valleys and mountains during the spring, and in winter have begun the trip home.
has begun ?

3. He said that being a king was dangerous, like he were sitting on top of a mountain waiting to be pushed off.
as if he ?

4. By the time we had pulled the drowning child from the water, he wasn't scarcely breathing.
was scarcely ?

5. It is important to lock one's doors at night and do not let anyone enter unless he identifies himself.
not to let ?

6. I cannot help admiring a person who does not continually cry about their problems.
his problems ?

7. To completely understand the situation requires more thought than he has given thus far.
it requires ?

8. Before she began to feel any stronger, she had taken most all the medicine prescribed by the doctor.
almost all ?

9. We knew that they would have more trouble getting there on time than us.
than we ?

10. She felt badly about breaking the new watch which my parents had given me for my sixteenth birthday.
felt bad ?

I got the feel that all are correct this time :)
 

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Wow, some of the sentences are tough, especially 7. I can't seem to figure out the error. Sorry. :(

1. What about? ...is that...

2. I believe the error has to do with the fact that there are two different verbs: ...the Indian tribe has wandered and have begun the trip home.

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I agree that the first is ' is that '

1. The reason he has been such a success is that he never gives up.

... ( that he never gives up ) is a noun clause. I should have forseen it.

Regarding 7

How about " 7.

To completely understand the situation, he requires more thought than he has given thus far.

( To completely understand the situation ) serves as a noun phrase modifying the subject ' he ' ???
 

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whl626 said:
I agree that the first is ' is that '

1. The reason he has been such a success is that he never gives up.

... ( that he never gives up ) is a noun clause. I should have forseen it.

Regarding 7., what about?

To completely understand the situation, he requires more thought than he has given thus far.

To completely understand the situation serves as a noun phrase modifying the subject 'he' ?

7. To completely understand the situation requires more thought than he has given thus far.

What about?

A. The situation requires more thought than he has given thus far.

B. To completely understand the situation will require more thought than he has given thus far.

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I got the answer, it put it that

"To completely understand" is wrong ???

And

Regarding the previous sentence, I got the answer too.

It was inconsiderate of him not to have told Mary and us of his decision to call off the party.

It put it that ( to have told ) is wrong ???

How about ' to tell ' then ? The answer is not what we seem it should be Mary OR us ?

Doing these exercises make my head SPIN :(
 

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Yet another purist in crusade against the split infinitive? It's perfectly correct to me....

it put it that
Try "the book says that"
Doing these exercises makes my head SPIN
;)

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whl626 said:
I got the answer, it put it that

"To completely understand" is wrong?

Cool. That's what we deduced. :D (See A. in previous post)

Regarding the previous sentence, I got the answer too.

It was inconsiderate of him not to have told Mary and us of his decision to call off the party.

It put it that ( to have told ) is wrong? How about ' to tell ' then ? The answer is not what we seem it should be Mary OR us ?

Doing these exercises make my head SPIN

Sorry, but the entire sentence has my head spinning, too. :oops:

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The answer only indicates that certain part is a mistake but doesn't show where the mistake lies :(
 

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whl626 said:
The answer only indicates that certain part is a mistake but doesn't show where the mistake lies :(

It was inconsiderate of him not to have told Mary and us of his decision to call off the party.

I like your solution: to tell. :up:
 

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7. To completely understand the situation requires more thought than he has given thus far.

Cas, we assume that the Answer is correct that ( To completely understand ) is wrong. Can I interpret that the verb ( requires ) lacks a subject. In this case, we can put ( That ) as the subject of the sentence. It became

That to completely understand the situation requires more thought than he has given thus far. ?

:p Hopefully it doesn't sound odd :p
 

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whl626 said:
7. To completely understand the situation requires more thought than he has given thus far.

Cas, we assume that the Answer is correct that ( To completely understand ) is wrong. Can I interpret that the verb ( requires ) lacks a subject. In this case, we can put ( That ) as the subject of the sentence. It became

That to completely understand the situation requires more thought than he has given thus far. ?

:p Hopefully it doesn't sound odd :p

Sorry. It doesn't work. Good try, though. :up:

The main point is this, it's the situation that requires more thought on his part,

The situation (it) requires more thought.

He doesn't understand the situation, so he will need to give the situation more thought. It requires more thought on his part.

All the best, :D
 
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