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Help with grammar



gordana44
Croatia

Help with grammar
 
Can anybody help me please with these sentences and tenses?
 
Put each verb in brackets into suitable tense and form:
 
If you __________(not watch) the television, would you turn it off?
I can īt believe you _________(be) so unreasonable! What īs wrong?
By nine that evening, most of the guests ______________(already/leave) the party.
When she ________(get) there, Paul ______________(already/wait) for her.
Swedish police ____________(just announce) that five paintings by Picasso ______________(steal) from Stockholm īs modern Museum. The paintings ____________(value) by experts at about 30 milion dollars. Police believe that they _________(take) early on Saturday evening, but for some reason the museum īs burglar alarm _____________(not go off) and the theft ________________(not discover) unti Monday morning. No cules ____________(find) so far at the scene of the crime.
 
Thank you for your help! 

17 Feb 2017      



yanogator
United States

If you aren īt watching the television, would you turn it off?
I can ´t believe you are/are being/could be/would be so unreasonable! What ´s wrong?
By nine that evening, most of the guests had already left the party.
When she got there, Paul was already waiting for her.
Swedish police just announced/have just announced that five paintings by Picasso were stolen/have been stolen from Stockholm ´s modern Museum. The paintings are valued/have been valued by experts at about 30 milion dollars. Police believe that they were taken early on Saturday evening, but for some reason the museum ´s burglar alarm didn īt go off and the theft was not discovered until Monday morning. No clues have been found so far at the scene of the crime.
 
Bruce 

17 Feb 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Agree with Bruce, but that first one might be better: if you weren īt watching the television... ī
With the Swedish police one, I will mention that ījust announced ī is typically American English and īhave just announced ī  followed by īhave been stolen ī is British English.  

17 Feb 2017     



yanogator
United States

Lynne, are you sure about that first one? It could be a BE/AE thing, but I see it as a basic present-tense request for you to turn it off if you aren īt (currently) watching it.
 
Bruce 

17 Feb 2017     



Jayho
Australia

Bruce, I agree with you, but maybe it is different in the motherland

17 Feb 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Yes, Bruce is right - so no change there, then;-) Sorry. 
I was taking it as a hypothetical question.... bearing in mind the situation in many households, including my own Shocked where the telly is always on. 

18 Feb 2017     



gordana44
Croatia

Thank you all for your help. I really appreciate it.

18 Feb 2017     



Gi2gi
Georgia

I have read your brilliant answers and it appears to me that:

1) If you arenīt watching the television, would you turn it off?
2)If you were not watching the television, would you turn it off?

are both Okay depending on the context. Let me elaborate.

"If you aren īt watching the television, would you turn it off?"
 
This is a polite request to someone who is in fact watching the television and you ask him  - would you please turn it off?
 
"If you were not watching the television, would you turn it off?"
 
Here you use the if clause to denote a hypothetical condition, i.e.
 
 "imagine/supposing you were doing this, would you do something else?"

As in the example below: 
 
 "If you were running away from a ghost, would you yell and scream like crazy?"
 
 
Giorgi

18 Feb 2017     



yanogator
United States

Well, Giorgi, you seem to be just a little off in your thinking this time.
 
In the first one, he television is on, but the person doesn īt seem to be watching it (is on the computer or reading or something) 
 
The hypothetical sentence (If you weren īt watching...) is grammatically possible, but this particular sentence doesn īt really present a realistic scenario. Something like "If you weren īt watching the television, would you be studying for your test?" works.
I think Lynne īs suggestion was a simple past: If you weren īt watching the television while you were in there, would you go back in and turn it off? (Am I right, Lynne?)
 
Bruce 

18 Feb 2017     



almaz
United Kingdom

Absolutely correct, Bruce. Thereīs no suggestion of counterfactuality.
 
Incidentally, it doesnīt even need to be polite:
 
"If youīre not watching the telly, turn the bloody thing off!

19 Feb 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Well, exactly! Quite honestly, on first reading, it didn īt occur to me that this was a simple request. It is one of those things which donītīsound right ī. It would indeed be, īIf you īre not watching the telly, turn the bloody thing off! ī Or words to that effect. Or in the case of the original, spoken with great disdain, sarcasm or letting that note of martyrdom creep into your voice.
 
Bruce, I think it (If you were not watching the TV, would you turn it off?) is a perfectly good īthunkī.  But I like your interpretation of it as a past tense. That works well. 
Have a great Sunday, all.  
Lynne 

19 Feb 2017     

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