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Hello ladies and gentlemen,
I am completely new to this forum (as you may have already noticed), so please be understanding if I'm posting in the wrong category.

But first, let me introduce myself. My real name is Jacek (my English friends simply call me Jack, although that's quite misleading) and I come from Poland, I'm a 17 year-old high school student. My interests are generally computers (with an emphasis on web authoring), rock music, the English language and motoring... Well... I'm not good at speaking about myself, so if you have anymore questions about my person feel free to ask.

I'm writing this, because I'm taking part in a school contest in English and I need some help with grammar. You see, I've got quite a few sentences that I need to translate from Polish to English using the correct forms and tenses (and vocabulary, obviously). I know there might not be many Polish-speaking people around here, so I'll just post my translations and all that I am asking from you is to check whether they make sense from the grammatical point of view. This is really important, so I'd be incredibly grateful if someone could check and possibly correct these sentences as quick as it's possible (the contest's commencing on Monday).

Behold:

1. We certainly cannot accuse Fred of being shy. Look how he enjoys talking about himself in front of television cameras.

2. It has just been announced that everyone of those who has obtained less than 50 percent will have to take another exam. All of those, who will not be able to come to the US in Spring may apply for taking the exam in US embassies.

3. Since no more than half a bottle of syrup was left, Granddad must have been taking his treatment very seriously. I bought five bottles last Monday.

4. The new sytnthetic costs three times as much as cotton. But since it's here, no teenage girl will even look at old costumes. Well, the money which they spend isn't theirs, but their parent's.

5. The fact is that no female journalist from the newspaper, whom had thrown these accusations was not present at the dinner, during which the Collonel has been telling or, as he claims, he hasn't been telling those racist jokes.

6. Having decided months ago in advance what will be the topics of main speeches and who will be making them after whom, the organisers were unwilling to make any changes last-minute changes.

7. Listen to this! Doesn't this change in Simon's voice suggest, that he might have realized at that moment, that the conversation is being recorded.

8. Because of safety regulations we had to send two drivers instead of one. After a few hundred kilometers it turned out, that although they both have been driving buses for many years, none of them was used to driving in such heavy traffic.

9. I doubt wheter they have a clear idea themselves how many rehearsals there should be before the show is ready for television.

10. Before the conference I would never have thought that translating a lecture about the history of fashion can be so difficult. I am afraid that a few listeners could have had doubts about my knowledge of French.

11. Please do not expect owners not to get upset when they are told that since the beginning of the strike you haven't managed to make a list of negotiators and experts.

12. As far as buying cosmetics is concerned, Laura is sceptical about advertising. She thinks, that the least advertised products are usually much cheaper than those that can be seen on TV.

13. From our point of view the latest proposal seems to be acceptable under the condition, that we won't have to pay for the equipment, we will not be using in the future.

14. Let's not argue about specific questions to be asked both guests until we make sure that Father John won't have anything against appearing in the same show with a strip dancer.

15. The manager decided that the best way of convincing customers that the juice is not radioactive was having every hundreth bottle checked by an independent laboratory.

Thank you in advance.
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I'm sorry but as this is a contest we can't really help you much as it is unfair on the other contestants. Not bad, a few errors, and watch your punctuation.
Well, I'm sorry for not being to accurate about the whole contest issue... The thing is that these sentences are taken from an exercise book and no one knows what they will look like on Monday, so please tell me what those errrors were.
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Calling this "Quick help needed" was an advertisment trick!

Below are your sentences with a few changes. You'll find some words/phrases marked but not all corrections has been marked this way.

Many sentences are wordy and sound bad. The few correctins I made don't change the whole picture. No I'm not telling I could write them better!

Use them at your own risk: my grammar is not good enough to omit this disclaimer.

1. We certainly cannot accuse Fred of being shy [of shyness]. [Just] look how he enjoy talking about himself in front of television cameras.

2. It has just been announced that everyone who got less than 50 percent will have to take another exam. Those who will not be able to come to the US in Spring may apply for taking the exam in US embassies.

3. Since no more than half a bottle of [the?] syrup was left, Granddad must have been taking his treatment very seriously. I bought five bottles last Monday.

4. The new sytnthetic costs three times as much as [or: more than] cotton. But since it's here, no teenage girl will even look at the old costumes. Well, the money they spend isn't theirs, but their _parents'_.

5. The fact is that no ["the" instead of "no"] female journalist from the newspaper, who had thrown (made) these accusations was not present at the dinner during which the Collonel was telling or, as he claims, wasn't telling those racist jokes.

6. Having decided months ago what will be the topics of main speeches and who will be making them after whom, the organisers were unwilling to make any last-minute changes.

7. Listen to this! Doesn't this change in Simon's voice suggest he might have realized the conversation was being recorded.

8. Because of safety regulations we had to send two drivers instead of one. After a few hundred kilometers it turned out that although they both had_ been driving buses for many years, neither _had been used to [or: had experience of] driving in such heavy traffic.

9. I doubt they have a clear idea themselves [themselves may be redundant] _of_ how many rehearsals are needed before the show is ready for television.

10. Before the conference I would never have thought that translating a lecture about the history of fashion can (could ?) be so difficult. I am afraid some listeners had doubts about my knowledge of French.

11. Please do not expect owners won't get upset when they are told that since the beginning of the strike you haven't managed to make a list of negotiators and experts.

12. As far as buying cosmetics is concerned (maybe: as to cosmetics), Laura is sceptical about advertisment_. She thinks the least advertised products are usually much cheaper than those _often seen on TV.

13. From ourviewpoint_, the _last_ proposal seems acceptable _provided we won't have to pay for equipment that will not be used in the future.

14. Let's not argue about specific questions to be addressed_ to both guests [not sure it's correct to say: to be asked both guests] until we make sure that Father John _doesn't object_ gainst appearing in _a show with a strip dancer.

15. The manager decided that the best way to convince [the?] customers of the juice being not radioactive was having ("to have" seems better to me) every hundreth bottle checked by an independent laboratory.
Um.....I think the "helper" needs more help than the poster requeting for help. Many simple errors.....
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Um.....I think the "helper" needs more help than the poster requeting for help. Many simple errors.....

requesting for help ('for' not required)

Is 'poster' the correct word? Shouldn't it be 'questioner'?
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Yoong Liat
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Um.....I think the "helper" needs more help than the poster requeting for help. Many simple errors.....

requesting for help ('for' not required)

Is 'poster' the correct word? Shouldn't it be 'questioner'?

Mr. Liat,

In my opinion, your critique is about as good as a check from an overdrawn bank account. As far as your correcting the [for] is concerned, I’ll let you find out for yourself whether the [for] is properly used in the sentence and I'll drink to that..
Hi guys,

I agree with Yoong Liat about the verb 'request', that you 'request help' rather than 'request for help'.

Best wishes, Clive
Ok I had a look at these sentences and altered a few things, so here they are again... Voila:
The text in red are those 'updated' sentences and the text in dark green are my comments.

1. We certainly cannot accuse Fred of being shy. Look how he enjoys talking about himself in front of television cameras.

2. It has just been announced that everyone of those who has obtained less than 50 percent will have to take another exam. All of those, who will not be able to come to the US in Spring may apply for taking the exam in US embassies.

2. It has just been announced that everyone of those who obtained (Past Simple or Present Perfect?) less than 50 percent will have to take another exam. All of those, who will not be able to come to the US in Spring may apply for taking the exam in US embassies.

3. Since no more than half a bottle of syrup was left, Granddad must have been taking his treatment very seriously. I bought five bottles last Monday.

4. The new sytnthetic costs three times as much as cotton. But since it's here, no teenage girl will even look at old costumes. Well, the money which they spend isn't theirs, but their parent's.

4. The new synthetic costs three times as much as cotton. But since it's here, no teenage girl will even look at old costumes. Well, the money which they spend isn't theirs, but their parent's.

OR

4. The new synthetic costs three times as much cotton does (is this correct?). But since it's here, no teenage girl will even look at old costumes. Well, the money which they spend isn't theirs, but their parent's.


5. The fact is that no female journalist from the newspaper, whom had thrown these accusations was not present at the dinner, during which the Collonel has been telling or, as he claims, he hasn't been telling those racist jokes.

5. The fact is that no female journalist from the newspaper, whom had thrown these accusations was present at the dinner, during which the Collonel has been telling or, as he claims, he hasn't been telling those racist jokes.

6. Having decided months ago in advance what will be the topics of main speeches and who will be making them after whom, the organisers were unwilling to make any changes last-minute changes.

6. Having decided months ago in advance what will be the topics of main speeches and who will be making them after whom, the organisers were unwilling to make any last-minute changes.

7. Listen to this! Doesn't this change in Simon's voice suggest, that he might have realized at that moment, that the conversation is being recorded.

@ Anyonymouns: This can't be done your way, because the situation is set at present time. It's like two blokes sitting in a room and talking about another one behind the looking glass, and now they're willing to figure out if he noticed he's being recorded or not.


8. Because of safety regulations we had to send two drivers instead of one. After a few hundred kilometers it turned out, that although they both have been driving buses for many years, none of them was used to driving in such heavy traffic.

9. I doubt wheter they have a clear idea themselves how many rehearsals there should be before the show is ready for television.

10. Before the conference I would never have thought that translating a lecture about the history of fashion can be so difficult. I am afraid that a few listeners could have had doubts about my knowledge of French.

11. Please do not expect owners not to get upset when they are told that since the beginning of the strike you haven't managed to make a list of negotiators and experts.

12. As far as buying cosmetics is concerned, Laura is sceptical about advertising. She thinks, that the least advertised products are usually much cheaper than those that can be seen on TV.

12. As far as buying cosmetics is concerned, Laura is sceptical about advertising. She thinks, that the least advertised products are usually much cheaper than those seen on TV.
I'm having a dilemma here, cause I'm not sure whether to use the expression "those that can be seen on TV" (which sounds awfully) or maybe the one in the sentence in red - "than those seen on TV".

13. From our point of view the latest proposal seems to be acceptable under the condition, that we won't have to pay for the equipment, we will not be using in the future.

14. Let's not argue about specific questions to be asked both guests until we make sure that Father John won't have anything against appearing in the same show with a strip dancer.

15. The manager decided that the best way of convincing customers that the juice is not radioactive was having every hundreth bottle checked by an independent laboratory.

15. The manager decided that the best way to convince (sounds slightly better than "of convincing", but it does not convince me... Help?) customers that the juice is not radioactive was having every hundreth bottle checked by an independent laboratory.

Oh, and although some parts of these sentences may seem incorrect I have to leave them as they are, because they were set up this way by the author of my exercise book.
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