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Collins Easy Learning English Verbs First Edition Edition
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The past perfect item appears on pages 58 and 59: There are 15 examples of "typical forms". NOT a SINGLE one of the 15 are past perfect, so the item will mislead the average student/reader. There are also five examples of the use of the past perfect:
"Had you ever seen her before then? No, I hadn't", is Wrong. Correct is, "Did you ever see her before then? No, I didn't."
"She had just made some coffee when I arrived", is Correct.
"Ashraf had already known my brother for two years when I met him", is Correct.
"I had seen him several times before Jane finally introduced us", is Wrong. Correct is "I saw him several times before Jane finally introduced us."
"We had always wanted to visit Canada, so last year we decided to go", is Wrong. Correct is, "We always wanted to visit Canada, so last year we decided to go".
Two right out of five gives a score of 40%, which should NOT be good enough for anyone.
On pages 42, 43, and 44, which are devoted to "Continuous and perfect forms", there are thirty examples given, of which 13 are correct, giving a score of only 43%.
There are at least two clues to why there are so many errors. The statement, "Collins 4.5-billion-word corpus is updated every month", (back cover), reveals the erroneous presumption that good grammar is a distillation of the billions of sounds uttered by humans. Logic overwhelmingly supports the error in the Collins view of the value of a corpus regarding grammar.
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