Max
Which one is grammatically correct? 'John asked me if I wanted to hang out somewhere and had a barbecue with his mates.' 'John asked me if I wanted to hang out somewhere and have a barbecue with his mates.' 'John asked me if I wanted to hang out somewhere and to have a barbecue with his mates.' Please give your explaination as you answer this question.
Jul 2, 2015 2:17 PM
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'John asked me if I wanted to hang out somewhere and had a barbecue with his mates.' This is wrong. Both verbs - 'hang out' and 'have' - need to be in the infinitive form, because they are both dependent on the verb phrase 'wanted to xx'. 'John asked me if I wanted to hang out somewhere and have a barbecue with his mates.' This is correct, for the reason above. 'John asked me if I wanted to hang out somewhere and to have a barbecue with his mates.' This is grammatically correct, but would be better without the 'to'. This is because 'hang out somewhere and have a barbecue' are closely linked, and are essentially all part of the same proposal. You might use 'to' if John had made two unrelated suggestions. I hope that helps.
July 2, 2015
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Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English
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English