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Offline Idozen Cair

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Questions concerning grammar
« on: March 08, 2011, 08:08:51 AM »
I just wanted to ask you guys about some grammar problems:

1. In an essay, I wrote this sentence:
   Dad said, 'I missed you very much! Where are Dan and Mum?'
   The teacher marked that 'What are' should be 'What is', which makes it:
   Dad said, 'I missed you very much! Where is Dan and Mum?'
   Is this right?

2. A question on the worksheet said:
   What did the sound of the tornado sound like?
My answer: It sounded like a train.
   The teacher marked that 'sounded' should be 'sounds'
Which means: It sounds like a train.
But yet the question starts with 'did'.
Can someone explain?
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Re: Questions concerning grammar
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2011, 10:56:36 AM »
In the first instance, I think your teacher is wrong... I'd ask her about that.

In the second one, its a picky, useless edit to make, but I think that your teacher wanted you to use the present continuative tense instead of the imperfect. This edit is in my opinion, wrong, but it at least might have a reason.
I'd ask her why both of those were wrong, without accusing her of making mistakes.
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Re: Questions concerning grammar
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2011, 02:39:14 PM »
The second one is good in past tense.
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Re: Questions concerning grammar
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2011, 02:19:18 AM »
Thanks!
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Re: Questions concerning grammar
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2011, 06:36:07 AM »
Oh! And what you put for the first one is good too.
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Re: Questions concerning grammar
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011, 07:29:48 AM »
Oh yes. Teacher's answer for the first:

It sounds more fluent in conversation if you use 'is' but grammatically speaking, 'are' should be used.
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Re: Questions concerning grammar
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011, 03:29:30 PM »
Both of your teacher's edits are incorrect.