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Offline Paik Gunho

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Help : Grammar check
« on: November 09, 2014, 05:37:59 PM »
Please, help..

'It is in the 1860ís that they began to build the Londonís subway.'

In the sentence above, could we use 'is' instead of 'was' ?

I need your help..




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Re: Help : Grammar check
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2014, 05:56:39 PM »
Yuryeong...good eye.

Three errors: change is to was, omit the apostrophe in 1860's, and omit the definite article 'the' before London.

It should read:

"It was in the 1860s that they began to build Londonís subway."
« Last Edit: November 09, 2014, 06:48:58 PM by Pecan »

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Re: Help : Grammar check
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2014, 06:38:42 PM »
There is also no need for the apostrophe in "1860's."  It should be written simply "1860s," because there is no inflection for possession, nor are there any omitted letters.  Even though the automatic grammar checker underlines "1860s" in red unless you add an apostrophe, the automatic grammar checker is just a stupid machine that can't think, and it is far from always being right.

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Re: Help : Grammar check
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2014, 09:46:27 PM »
Yuryeong...good eye.

Three errors: change is to was, omit the apostrophe in 1860's, and omit the definite article 'the' before London.

It should read:

"It was in the 1860s that they began to build Londonís subway."

Correct.  Or alternatively, "It was in the 1860s that they began to build the London subway."

Better still, "It was in 1860 that they began to build the London subway."  Construction was begun in March, 1860. 

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Re: Help : Grammar check
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2014, 11:16:08 PM »
Construction was begun in March, 1860.
Are you trying to be funny?

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Re: Help : Grammar check
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2014, 07:35:15 AM »
Construction was begun in March, 1860.
Are you trying to be funny?
Why do you ask?

Construction of London's first underground rail began in March, 1860.  Common knowledge, surely.