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'just bought' vs 'just has bought'



 
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'just bought' vs 'just has bought' #1 (permalink) Sat Jun 19, 2010 16:01 pm   'just bought' vs 'just has bought'
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #288 "Basic Grammar Exercises (13)", question 5

My brother just ......... a new television.

(a) bought
(b) buy
(c) has bought
(d) buying

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #288 "Basic Grammar Exercises (13)", answer 5

My brother just bought a new television.

Correct answer: (a) bought

Your answer was: incorrect
My brother just has bought a new television.
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Why not: has bought?
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'just bought' vs 'just has bought' #2 (permalink) Sat Jun 19, 2010 18:34 pm   'just bought' vs 'just has bought'
 

Because of the word "just", Saneta.
It would be correct if that weren't in the sentence, but the structure 'just has bought' isn't used. You need the simple past tense.
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'just bought' vs 'just has bought' #3 (permalink) Sat Jun 19, 2010 18:39 pm   'just bought' vs 'just has bought'
 

Ok Beeeseneees, but the following, another contruction exists:
My brother has just bought a new television.
Do you agree with me?
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'just bought' vs 'just has bought' #4 (permalink) Sat Jun 19, 2010 19:07 pm   'just bought' vs 'just has bought'
 

Yes, I agree. If that were the structure it would be fine.
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'just bought' vs 'just has bought' #5 (permalink) Sat Jun 19, 2010 19:13 pm   'just bought' vs 'just has bought'
 

Dear Beeesneees,
shouldn't you write: If that was the structure it would be fine.
and: It would be correct if that wasn't in the sentence...?

Why did you write: were and weren't?
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'just bought' vs 'just has bought' #6 (permalink) Sat Jun 19, 2010 21:14 pm   'just bought' vs 'just has bought'
 

"Were" is the conjunctive form of the verb "be".
English has almost lost the conjunctive mood, only "be" still keeps its forms in "I were" and "he were".

It's a conditional tense - If that were the structure (but it isn't); if that weren't in the sentence (but it is).

The majority of native English speakers don't use it and "If that was..." is acceptable in all but the most formal/academic instances, these days.
Sorry if I confused you - I grew up using it and do so automatically.
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'just bought' vs 'just has bought' #7 (permalink) Sat Jun 19, 2010 22:43 pm   'just bought' vs 'just has bought'
 

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"Were" is the conjunctive form of the verb "be".
Oops. I think the word intended was 'subjunctive', not 'conjunctive'.

I also use 'were' in type 2 conditional sentences, even in everyday casual conversation. There are still many people who do, but there are also many people who don't.

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'just bought' vs 'just has bought' #8 (permalink) Sat Jun 19, 2010 23:16 pm   'just bought' vs 'just has bought'
 

Esl_Expert wrote:
Oops. I think the word intended was 'subjunctive', not 'conjunctive'.


'Oops' most certainly. Another 'malapropism' from Beees. I seem to keep doing that.

Thanks.
Not only for pointing it out, but also for doing so in such a friendly manner. :)
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