Collins Cobuild Active English Grammar (Anglais) Broché – 7 avril 2003
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I asked for a refund.
Once in awhile it doesn't have the point I'm looking for.
"I had met him in Zermatt"? Surely you know better than that, Harper Collins. Amazon is not letting me see my Kindle books at the moment, but when they get it fixed, I'll have a closer look and see how many more bloopers there are. In a grammar text it only takes one glaring error to send the red flag up the pole.
Here's my closer look, as promised.
Location 813: "Nobody had bothered to plant new ones, had they?", should read, "Nobody bothered to plant new ones, did they?". The first wrong 'had' ('had' in front of a regular past tense verb) set up -- but didn't force -- the second wrong 'had' ('had-for-did'). This is a very common phenomenon. "When you get on the Had Highway, it's hard to find the off ramp."
Location 1082: "I've never had such a lousy meal", should read, "I never had such a lousy meal"; delete 'have'. Example of jamming to get the result they want; if you want an example of the Present Perfect, just jam have in front of a past tense verb. Wrong.
Location 1305: "Lisa had given me three pair of jeans", should read, "Lisa GAVE me three pairs of jeans" ('had' in front of an irregular past tense verb).
Location 1392: "She buried the money that Hillary had given her", should read, "She buried the money that Hillary GAVE her" ('had' in front of an irregular past tense verb).
There are 189 'had's in this text. the 4 above are in the first 12, giving ar error rate of 33%. If the rate holds, as it usually does, there are 62 incorrect 'had' errors in this text. If you want to fine tune my numbers, you will have to do it yourself. It's tedious work but I've done enough of them to know what I'm talking about. Collins COBUILD doesn't get it. If you can't see the 'had' errors, you don't either.
P.S. Random Location 4975. "We had lived in Africa for five years", is NOT past perfect, as Collins claims. (... not, in the absence of compelling context, Grenade Launchers.)
If you want to know what 'compelling context' is, write to me and tell me who you are and why you want to know,e.g, high school sophomore in Tucson, ESL teacher in Stuttgart, whatever.