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Dear teachers,

Would you please answer my queries hereafter?


I find the way children spend hours just watching TV quite depressing. It can't be good for their imagination. I'm not very keen on 1. watching myself. I'd rather read a good book. I wish children would switch off the TV and 2. learn to enjoy the pleasures of reading. I have always been very fond of reading - this comes from 3. my mother who was a marvellous storyteller. When it was time for us to go to bed she would 4. say “It's time we had another story.” If she'd 5. said “Get into bed and switch the light 6. off” it would have been very different. 7. As it was, we began to look forward to bedtime because we 8. were expecting9. yet another unforgettable tale. If only I had had more time to tell my children more stories when they 10. were growing up. 11. But alas, I did not. If they had got into the habit of listening to stories at bedtime, they'd have grown to love literature more. They can't stand reading books now because they'd sooner play 12. some computer games instead.

1. Is “it” necessary after “watching” ?
2. It would be wrong to say “learn enjoying”, wouldn’t it ?
3. Do we need a comma before “who” here or should the relative clause be restrictive ?

4. Is a comma needed after “said” ?
5. same question as above
6. Is a comma needed after “off” too? If yes, should I put it inside or outside the quotation marks?

7. Does “as it was” mean something like “as things were”, or “given the way she behaved with us” ?

8 & 10. How would you justify the use the progressive form here ?

9. Does “yet another tale” mean “one more tale” here? And in such a construction should it always come the past progressive?

11. Can I say that?
12. Is “some” necessary/acceptable here or should it be omitted because we’re not talking about specific computer games?

Thank you very much for your help.
Hela
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Hi,

1. Is “it” necessary after “watching” ? No, Either is OK
2. It would be wrong to say “learn enjoying”, wouldn’t it ? Yes
3. Do we need a comma before “who” here or should the relative clause be restrictive ? Put a comma, unless you had two mothers ( a stepmother?). ha-ha
4. Is a comma needed after “said” ? I wouldn't put one
5. same question as above same answer
6. Is a comma needed after “off” too? If yes, should I put it inside or outside the quotation marks? Yes. I'd put it outside.
7. Does “as it was” mean something like “as things were”, or “given the way she behaved with us” ?Both, really.
8 & 10. How would you justify the use the progressive form here ? Simple past would be OK. Progressive stresses the degree of 'expecting' stressing the duration of 'expecting'.
9. Does “yet another tale” mean “one more tale” here? Yes. One more in a series. And in such a construction should it always come the past progressive? No.
11. Can I say that? Yes
12. Is “some” necessary/acceptable here or should it be omitted because we’re not talking about specific computer games? It's OK, but better without it.

Best wishes, Clive
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Hi Hela,

There's a similar discussion about this with the word "too." Basically, a comma there is optional. If you would want someone who was speaking that sentence aloud to pause there, put it in. If there is no pause, leave it out.
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Thanks Clive. That's very kind of you. Emotion: big smile

Best wishes!
Dear teachers,

I know that if I put a comma before "instead" in the following sentence, it would be a mistake; but would you please tell me why ? Is there a rule about the use of adverbs at the end of a sentence?

Many thanks,

Hela
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Dear teachers,

I know that if I put a comma before "instead" in the following sentence, it would be a mistake; but would you please tell me why ? Is there a rule about the use of adverbs at the end of a sentence?

They can't stand reading books now because they'd sooner play computer games, instead.

Many thanks,

Hela
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