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Any mistakes, please?

When I arrived at the meeting, they had already taken the pictures.

She had been learning to play an instrument before she enrolled in a music class.

They asked me if the porter had carried the luggage.

I bought some furniture fifteen days ago, but I haven’t received them yet.

We haven’t hired any employee today, but we hired ten last week.

The earth shaked strongly last year, but it hasn’t shaked much since then.

He won’t get any punishment until he has (been) condemned.

I asked the apprentice if he knew how to operate that engine.

Although he used a lot of insecticide, he wasn’t able to finish with the ant hill.

Although he seldom ate meat, he went to a barbecue last Sunday.

Thank you for helping me,
Benson
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AnonymousAny mistakes, please?

When I arrived at the meeting, they had already taken the pictures.

She had been learning to play an instrument before she enrolled in a music class.

They asked me if the porter had carried the luggage.

I bought some furniture fifteen days ago, but I haven’t received them yet.

We haven’t hired any employee today, but we hired ten last week.

The earth shaked strongly last year, but it hasn’t shaked much since then.

He won’t get any punishment until he has been condemned/convicted.

I asked the apprentice if he knew how to operate that engine/got that engine to work.

Although he used a lot of insecticide, he wasn’t able to finish with the anthill.

Although he seldom ate meat, he went to a barbecue last Sunday.

Thank you for helping me,
Benson

Hi Anon

Here are my suggestions:

I bought some furniture fifteen days ago, but I haven’t received them it yet.

We haven’t hired any new employees today, but we hired ten last week.

The earth shaked shook strongly last year, but it hasn’t shaked shaken much since then.

He won’t get any punishment until he has (been) condemned. He won't be punished until he has been convicted.

Although he used a lot of insecticide, he wasn’t able to finish with the ant hill kill all of the ants.

Although he seldom ate eats meat, he went to a barbecue last Sunday.
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Thanks for the help!

Best wishes,
Benson
Hello, Yankee

Thanks for helping me! Please, why in:"I bought some furniture fifteen days ago, but I haven't received it yet." we have to use the pronoun it instead of them, once I'm not referring to "a piece of furniture", but "a set of furniture"? Also I'm using some, because of this, it doesn't indicate that I'm referring for more than one unit? By the way, except if furniture is considered an uncountable noun. Is it? Now I'm confused!!!

Thanks for your help again,
Benson.
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He may have bought several pieces, but furniture is indeed uncountable, Benson: I bought some furniture/sugar/beer, but I haven't received it yet.
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Hi, Mister Micawber

Thanks for clearing my mind (or is ...for clear my mind?)

Best wishes,
Benson
Hi Benson

It would be natural to say something like this:

"Thanks for clarifying that for me."

If you say "clear my mind", that suggests removing or eliminating everything from your mind -- i.e. removing more than just the question.
Hi Yankee

O.K.! So thanks for clarifying that for me.

Best wishes,
Benson
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