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Dear teachers,

Would you please correct this exercise for me?

Fill in with the right preposition (simple or multiword) and put the verbs in the right tense or form:

In the morning I arrived I went to call for Hislop. [is this structure correct with no commas at all?] He (modal + not + pretend) could not pretend he (not know) did not know me, but he behaved as though he knew nothing about what I (do) would do. When I asked for permission to stay, he said it was out of his hands. He said the merchants (not want) would not want me (land) to land [meaning?]. They had made a petition to him. They said that for six months they had been cut off from trade with the because of me, and [now] they (ruin) were ruined for nothing at all. The petition (debate) was debated that very morning in the Council. Hislop thought I (modal + attend) should not attend the meeting. I suppose that was friendly advice. If I (not go) did not got, perhaps Bernard (not speak up) would not speak up, the vote (go) would NOT (?) go against me. Hislop (be) was full of regrets, of course, but I (modal + leave) would not leave. Heaven (know) knows where I would have been now.

Best regards,

Hela
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HelaDear teachers,

Would you please correct this exercise for me?

Fill in with the right preposition (simple or multiword) and put the verbs in the right tense or form:

In the morning I arrived I went to call for [on] Hislop. [is this structure correct with no commas at all? yes] He (modal + not + pretend) could not pretend he (not know) did not know me, but he behaved as though he knew nothing about what I (do) would do. When I asked for permission to stay, he said it was out of his hands. He said the merchants (not want) would not want me (land) to land [meaning?Difficult to tell - usually in this form it means to arrive on shore from a boat, or to land a plane on the ground]. They had made a petition to him. They said that for six months they had been cut off from trade with the because of me, and [now] they (ruin) were ruined for nothing at all. The petition (debate) was debated that very morning in the Council. Hislop thought I (modal + attend) should not attend the meeting. I suppose that was friendly advice. If I (not go) did not got, perhaps Bernard (not speak up) would not speak up, the vote (go) would NOT (?) go against me [This sentence is obscure. Who is Bernard and why is he speaking for or against you?]. Hislop (be) was full of regrets, of course, but I (modal + leave) would not leave. Heaven (know) knows where I would have been now.

Best regards,

Hela

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Dear teachers,

In the exercise above there was something missing that could have helped us find the right tenses at the end of the passage. Here it is, and what do you think of my choices, please?

ON the morning I arrived I went to call ON Hislop. He (modal + not + pretend) COULD NOT PRETEND he (not know) DID NOT KNOW me, but he behaved as though he knew nothing about what I (do) HAD DONE. When I asked for permission to stay, he said it was OUT OF his hands. He said the merchants (not want) DID NOT me (land) TO LAND. They had made a petition to him. They said that FOR six months they had been cut off from trade with the Main because of me, and [now] they (ruin) WERE RUINED for nothing at all. The petition (debate) HAD BEEN DEBATED that very morning in the Council. Hislop thought I (modal + attend) SHOULD HAVE ATTENDED (??) the meeting. I suppose that was friendly advice. If I (not go) HAD NOT GONE, perhaps Bernard (not speak up) WOULD NOT HAVE SPOKEN for me as he did, and if Bernard hadn't spoken up, the vote (go) WOULD HAVE GONE against me. Hislop (be) WAS full of regrets, of course, but I (modal + leave) WOULD NOT LEAVE (??). Heaven (know) KNOWS where I would have been now.

I'm not sure at all about the underlined parts. I think that what I've written is not coherent at all!

Thanks again,
Hela