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Please help me identify the errors in these sentences! The underlined portions contain the supposed error.

Not expecting Billy to come by with his friends, Jane has gone out to the grocery store over an hour ago.

When it debute, the show was criticized by the press for being sophomoric; by the time the show reached its third season, however, some critics came to appreciate the redeeming features of this witty comedy. no error. (Princeton review says "for being" is wrong and it should be "as". Is this a mistake?)

Although he pitched professionally for 3 decades, Nolan Ryan never lost any velocity on his fastball, and few maintained such control over so many pitches as he. No error

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Hi,

As you can see, I've added the correction in blue.

Not expecting Billy to come by with his friends, Jane went has gone out to the grocery store over an hour ago.or you could delete this whole final phrase

When it debuted, but maybe this is your typo? debute, the show was criticized by the press for being sophomoric; by the time the show reached its third season, however, some critics came to appreciate the redeeming features of this witty comedy. no error. (Princeton review says "for being" is wrong and it should be "as". Is this a mistake? 'For being' seems fine to me)

Although he pitched professionally for 3 decades, Nolan Ryan never lost any velocity on his fastball, and few maintained such control over so many pitches as he. No error True

Best wishes,

Clive
hi

This is my answer

Not expected Billy to come by with his friends, Jane had gone out to the grocery store over an hour ago.

When it debut, the show was criticized by the press for being sophomoric; by the time the show reached its third season, however, some critics came to appreciate the redeeming features of this witty comedy.

Although he pitched professionally for 3 decades, Nolan Ryan never lost any velocity on his fastball, and few maintained such control over so many pitches as he.

easyway
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Hi Easyway,

Jane was 'not expecting Billy', so when you re-arrange the wording you still need to say 'Not expecting Billy...'.

You could say 'Jane had gone out to the grocery store ...' but it's not necessary here. The simple past is often used instead of the past perfect in sentences like these, where the meaning is clear with simple past.

'To debut' is a verb that is being used here to talk about the past, so you need to say 'debuted'.

Best wishes,

Clive
Clive, for this sentence:

Not expecting Billy to come by with his friends, Jane has gone out to the grocery store over an hour ago.

In addition to "went", Could "had gone" also work in place of "has gone"?
Hi,

Not expecting Billy to come by with his friends, Jane has gone out to the grocery store over an hour ago.

'Has gone' is not good in this sentence because you also have the time expression 'over an hour ago'. The present perfect relates the past to now, but the time expression just relates the sentence to a point in the past. So, these two different things don't fit well together.

Yes, you could say 'had gone', because that relates the past to a point in the past. However, you'd need a context like this.

Billy visted Jane at 10am yesterday. Not expecting this, Jane had gone out to the grocery store over an hour earlier.

Note you'd also have to change 'ago'.

Write again if you have more questions, OK?

Clive
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Thanks, that helps.

I think verb tenses are the most difficult aspect of english grammar. I am slowly getting it though.