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Hello!

I have to complete some sentences...

1- By the time the museum guard wakes up, Arsène Lupin..... will have run away. -->Is it correct?

2- Usually, by the time his victims wake up, Arsène Lupin... has time to steal everything. -->Correct or not?

3-By the time the museum guard woke up, Arsène Lupin... had been able to stole the Mona Lisa's painting. -->Correct or not?

4-Since Arsène Lupin was released,... the museum guards are more vigilant. --> Correct?

5-Since (because) Arsène Lupin is a free man,... he has started again to steal. --> Correct?

6-Ever since Arsène Lupin was old enough to pick a lock, ... he has broken into museums. -->Correct?

7-Three times so far this week,... Arsène Lupin has gave flowers to old ladies. ---> Correct?

8-Absolutely non-stop that week,... Arsène Lupin has been sleeping. --> Correct?
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Hi,

1- By the time the museum guard wakes up, Arsène Lupin..... will have run away. -->OK

2- Usually, by the time his victims wake up, Arsène Lupin... has time to steal everything. -->has had time

3-By the time the museum guard woke up, Arsène Lupin... had been able to stole the Mona Lisa's painting. -->OK

4-Since Arsène Lupin was released,... the museum guards are more vigilant. --> have been more ...

5-no 'since' (because) Arsène Lupin is a free man,... he has started again to steal. --> OK

6-Ever since Arsène Lupin was old enough to pick a lock, ... he has broken into museums. -->OK

7-Three times so far this week,... Arsène Lupin has gave flowers to old ladies. ---> has given

8-Absolutely non-stop that week,... Arsène Lupin has been sleeping. --> had been sleeping

Arsene is a busy guy.

Best wishes, Clive
Hi Clive,
Clive 5-no 'since' (because) Arsène Lupin is a free man,... he has started again to steal. --> OK
Do you mean that one should use BECAUSE here instead of "since"? But this sentence doesn't seem correct to me. What about "Since Arsène Lupin has been a free man, he has started again to steal (or should it be "started to steal AGAIN"?) ?

All the best,

Hela
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Hi,

I thought you just wanted to change the second clause, not the first.

You can certainly say Because Arsène Lupin is a free man,... he has started again to steal

or you can change the first clause and say Since Arsène Lupin has been a free man,... he has started again to steal.

'Since' has two meanings. First, a time meaning, ie since yesterday. Second, a result, ie since he fell, he broke his leg. In this second sense, you could also say Since Arsène Lupin is a free man,... he has started again to steal.

Yes, it's more natural to say ... to steal again.

Best wishes, Clive
Hello!

Thanks for the help...I have 2 more sentences that I'm not sure:

1-Three times already that week.... Arsène Lupin stole in museums. ???

2-Absolutely non-stop all week... Arsène Lupin had slept. ???
Hi again,

1-Three times already that week.... Arsène Lupin stole in museums. .... had stolen .... (one taction before another, both in the past)

2-Absolutely non-stop all week... Arsène Lupin had slept. OK, in a context of two actions in the past. Otherwise, say slept.

Clive
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Thanks a lot! Emotion: big smile
Oh also, I just want to know what is the difference between « that week » and « this week » ?

Thanks Emotion: smile
"that week" is used when referring to a week that you have already mentioned before; "this week" is used when referring to the very week that is going on while you're saying it.

Hope this helps Christina.

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