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Ryan R.
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German
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Question:

Correct the following sentence and explain the corrections: "Ich habe mich eine Utopie, wo niemand ist unhöflich, vorgestellen, und ich habe gedacht, alles war perfekt."

Ryan R.
Answer:

"Ich habe mir eine Utopie, wo niemand unhöflich ist, vorgestellt und ich habe gedacht, alles war perfekt." The reflexive verb vorstellen requires a dative reflexive pronoun when the intention is "to imagine". The past participle of this verb is vorgestellt. In this case, "ist" must fall at the end of the sentence because it is in a "Nebensatz". Commas are not needed before "und" in German.

English as a Second Language
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Question:

John was writing a paper for a creative writing class, and he asked his mother to correct any mistakes. Here is an excerpt from his paper: "I was righting to my friend from Singapore yesterday but I forgot that I told him I would not be righting to him until the end of the month. However I continued to right him and then I went to play in the park." Correct any mistakes.

Ryan R.
Answer:

John meant to write "writing" instead of "righting" twice, and these words are known as homophones. He is also missing commas before the coordinating conjunction "but" and before the subordinate conjunction "however".

English
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Question:

Alex proclaimed, "If I was there yesterday, then I would have told the professor that that was not fair!." Jeremy argued that Alex incorrectly conjugated a verb. Which one is it and why?

Ryan R.
Answer:

Alex should have said, "If I would have been there...". This follows the type 3 conditional conjugation pattern, and is a common mistake made by speakers of English.

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