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'I'm afraid' and 'because' should be switched each other #1 (permalink) Sat Apr 07, 2007 13:30 pm   'I'm afraid' and 'because' should be switched each other
 

English Error, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #6 "Stop making plans", question 7

I can't coming out this evening I'm afraid because I have too many jobs to do in the house.

(a) can't coming
(b) I'm afraid
(c) to do

English Error, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #6 "Stop making plans", answer 7

I can't come out this evening I'm afraid because I have too many jobs to do in the house.

Correct entry: can't come
The error was: (a) can't coming
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I think the sentence is not correct:
'I'm afraid' and 'because' should be switched each other.

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'I'm afraid' and 'because' should be switched each other #2 (permalink) Sat Apr 07, 2007 15:22 pm   'I'm afraid' and 'because' should be switched each other
 

I'm afraid is a parenthesis and should be separated.

I can't come out this evening, I'm afraid, because I have too many jobs to do in the house.
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'I'm afraid' and 'because' should be switched each other #3 (permalink) Sat Apr 07, 2007 17:43 pm   'I'm afraid' and 'because' should be switched each other
 

I like your first suggestion the best, Pamela.

This is a sentence in which the commas are urgently needed if the word order is to be left as it is. :wink:
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'I'm afraid' and 'because' should be switched each other #4 (permalink) Sun Apr 08, 2007 6:53 am   'I'm afraid' and 'because' should be switched each other
 

Many thanks, Amy!

P.S. I deleted the last sentence.
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'I'm afraid' and 'because' should be switched each other #5 (permalink) Sun Apr 08, 2007 9:37 am   'I'm afraid' and 'because' should be switched each other
 

Jetta wrote:
'I'm afraid' and 'because' should be switched each other.

No, we shouldn't change one expression for the other, Jetta, since 'I'm afraid' here means 'I'm sorry to have to say' and refers to the fact that 'I can't come out this evening'. However, we could start the sentence with 'I'm afraid (I can't come...)'.
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