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Hello,

Please , could you tell me if the sentences are correct and if not how to correct them?
I'm especially interested in tenses usage.

1) I played this game for the first time when I was twelve or thirteen, I can't remember exactly. It was nothing more than I had expected.
or
2) It was nothing more than I could have expected.

thank you.
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Re: I played this game for the first time when I was twelve or thirteen, I can't remember exactly. It was nothing more than I had expected.

I would correct your sentences like this:-

a) "I can't remember exactly, but I played this game for the first time when I was twelve or thirteen. It was not much more than WHAT I HAD EXPECTED."

b) ) "I can't remember exactly, but I played this game for the first time when I was twelve or thirteen. There was nothing in it (which was) more than WHAT I HAD EXPECTED."
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Hello Temico

I don't say 'nothing more than what someone expects' is a wrong expression, but I think 'nothing more than someone expects' may be acceptable.

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paco
Hello Yogi

Further to the contributions so far:

I'd add 'when' to the first part –

1. I played this game for the first time when I was twelve or thirteen – I can't remember when exactly.

Then add one of these:

2. It was nothing more than I'd expected.

3. It was nothing more than I could have expected.

4. It was nothing more than I would have expected.

5. It was what I would have expected.

6. It was what I'd expected.

7. It was just like/as I thought it would be.

No doubt there are other similar or better phrases.

(I would probably say #6.)

MrP
To paco2004,

Tell me honestly, do you REALLY know the difference between,

a) "It was nothing more than I expected."

and

b) "It was nothing more than WHAT I HAD expected."??

If you do, please re-read my reply to the previous post!
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The tendency these days does seem to be to leave out 'what', which here functions as 'that which'. Cf.

1. It was no more than he deserved.

Interesting.

MrP
To MrPedantic,

Re: It was nothing more than I'd expected.

Can you please tell me if "I'd" in your above sentence is short for "I had"? If it is so, can you please tell me whether or not, "It was nothing more than I had expected." = "It was nothing more than WHAT I had expected."?
Hello Temico

I'm afraid you misunderstood my posting. Please re-read this;
I don't say 'nothing more than what someone expects' is a wrong expression, but I think 'nothing more than someone expects' may be acceptable.

I didn't say anything like your sentence (a), i.e., "It was nothing more than I expected". What I said is the insertion of 'what' would not be an absolute requirement.

paco
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