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Hello teachers
Your comments in this forum helped a lot. Thank you very much.

Now I need your help again.
I'd like to rewrite #1. Would you check #1~5?

#1 If he had not employed me then, I would still be out of work.

#2 If he had not hired me then, I would still be out of work.
#3 If he had not given me a job then, I would still be out of work.
#4 If he had not given me work then, I would still be jobless.
#5 If he had not taken me then, I would still be out of work.

I'd be happy to know which are correct and which are not.
Especially I wonder if #5 makes sense or not. I mean I wonder if "take" has such a meaning.

Thank you.
Lina
 

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Lina said:
Hello teachers
Your comments in this forum helped a lot. Thank you very much.

Now I need your help again.
I'd like to rewrite #1. Would you check #1~5?

#1 If he had not employed me then, I would still be out of work.

#2 If he had not hired me then, I would still be out of work.
#3 If he had not given me a job then, I would still be out of work.
#4 If he had not given me work then, I would still be jobless.
#5 If he had not taken me then, I would still be out of work.

I'd be happy to know which are correct and which are not.
Especially I wonder if #5 makes sense or not. I mean I wonder if "take" has such a meaning.

Thank you.
Lina

#2 is fine.
#3 is fine.
#4 is OK, but "given me work then" sounds more temporary than "hired" or "given me a job".
#5 is understandable, but not the best.
 

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#5 would work better if you used 'taken me on'. ;-)
 

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tdol said:
#5 would work better if you used 'taken me on'. ;-)

That helps. :wink:
 
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