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Hi

I am having difficulty in a specific exercise, in that I am unable to identify what rules of grammar are being broken, such as "Present Perfect". If someone would be able to help me with the following examples, I am sure I will be able to understand in future.

eg. Edward: I've gone to bed at 12 o'clock last night.
Answer: This should read "I went to bed at 11 o'clock last night."
Edward does not know that the present perfect form is not used to talk about specific times in the past. In this case the simple past is required.

The exercises:
1.
Inga: Let's go down the pub this evening for a drink.
Rose: I'd love to but I'll see "Macbeth" at the theatre Royal.

2.
Inga: My car's giving me some trouble again. Can you pick me up on the way to school tomorrow?
Rose: I'm sorry, I can't pick up you.

3.
He's getting up at 8 o'clock every morning.

4.
Inga: What does she look like?
Rose: She looks like intelligent.

In this exercise it is not only required to correct the errors made, but also to point out what mistakes the person is making.

I will be appreciative of any help.
CheshireCat
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Hi,

The exercises:
1.
Inga: Let's go down the pub this evening for a drink.
Rose: I'd love to but I'll see "Macbeth" at the theatre Royal. Rose is expressing her plan for this evening. Generally speaking, she should use 'I am going to see' rather than 'I will see' for plans.
2.
Inga: My car's giving me some trouble again. Can you pick me up on the way to school tomorrow?
Rose: I'm sorry, I can't pick up you. There's nothing wrong here. There's just no need to repeat ' pick you up'. Just say 'I'm sorry, I can't'

3.
He's getting up at 8 o'clock every morning. There's nothing wrong here. It expresses a current habit that sounds temporary rather than long-term. eg This week, he's getting up at 8 o'clock every morning, but last week he was getting up at 9 o'clock every morning. If it's a more permanent habit, you'd need to say He gets up at 8 o'clock every morning.

4.
Inga: What does she look like?
Rose: She looks like intelligent. The structure 'like + adjective' is not correct. Just say 'She looks intelligent'.


Best wishes, Clive
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>Rose: I'm sorry, I can't pick up you.
I'd rather have this:

Rose: I'm sorry, I can't pick you up.
or just eliminate
pick you up, as mentioned by Clive.