The Free Dictionary  
mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest Forum Search | Active Topics | Members

grammar questions about three examples Options
robjen
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:36:02 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 2/17/2015
Posts: 577
Neurons: 3,226
I have three examples below.

(1) I was sick for two weeks.

(2) I like this type of perfect weather.

(3) My marketing team has come up with a strategy for obtaining more business this summer.



(A) "Was" is a simple tense. Is it grammatically correct to use it to talk about something that happened over a period of time?

(B) Does it make sense to say "this type of perfect weather"? For example, sunshine is perfect for people and snow is perfect for others.

(C) Is it OK to use "obtain" in (3)?

Thanks for your help.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 4:56:39 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 9/12/2011
Posts: 29,965
Neurons: 174,675
Location: Livingston, Scotland, United Kingdom
Hi robjen.

I understand why you have questions.
Sometimes grammar rules are stated "too simply" at times.

(A) Many verbs would not work with a simple tense and 'for two weeks'. However, there is one class of verbs (known as 'durational verbs') which include the idea of 'a period of time'. Verbs which do not are known as 'punctual verbs'.
"Durational verbs" include ones like "live", "be", "have".
"I live in Edinburgh" implies a period of time. "I am a man" is similar.
It is somewhat unusual to see these verbs used in the progressive tenses.
So - yes - it is grammatically correct to say "I was sick for two weeks."
I have been sick for two weeks.

However, these sound 'odd'.
I was being sick for two weeks.
I have been being sick for two weeks.


(B) The second one sounds a little strange - I would expect either "I like this perfect weather" or "I like this type of weather", but not the two combined. I think it is "understood" that the speaker would mean "perfect for me".

(C) I think 'obtain' is good.
"Creating", "produce", "build up", "establish", or "generate" would also work quite well.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Users browsing this topic
Guest


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Main Forum RSS : RSS
Forum Terms and Guidelines | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2008-2018 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.