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EglshLearner Sep 13th, 2017 11:46 am

Please help. Grammar questions.
 
Hello!
I've been learning English Grammar recently and found there're many things I don't know.
Could you please help me out?
Here're the questions:
1.
She still loves fishing even if she didn't catch a fish.
She still loves fishing even if she doesn't catch a fish.
Which one sounds correct? why? which tense is more proper to use here?

2.
Sometimes we caught lots of fish.
Some times we catch lots of fish.
I want to express that I do caught lots of fish sometimes.
Which tense I shall use? Which one is more proper?

Thank you in advance!

EglshLearner Sep 14th, 2017 05:36 am

Re: Please help. Grammar questions.
 
Is there any warm hearted gentleman and beutiful lady can help me with this?
I would be so appreciated!!!
Thank you!

EglshLearner Sep 14th, 2017 05:38 am

Re: Please help. Grammar questions.
 
anyone please~~~

susan53 Sep 15th, 2017 01:41 am

Re: Please help. Grammar questions.
 
Neither is very natural. You would say :

She still loves fishing even though she has never caught a fish.

a) "even though" introduces a fact, whereas "even if" introduces a hypothetical possibility. Compare :
I'm going out for a long walk, even though it's raining. (the rain is a fact - she knows it's raining at the moment).
I'm going for a long walk tomorrow even if it's raining. (rain tomorrow is just a hypothetical possibility).

b) the verb form : the present perfect is used to express talk about past to present time. Here the concept is: from the time she started fishing up to now. The past simple is used for a specific past time : She went fishing yesterday but she didn't catch anything.

Alternatively you could say :

She still goes fishing even though she never catches anything.

This means you are talking about a "permanent"situation - something you consider to be always true. It has always been like that in the past and you imagine it will continue to be like that in the future.

susan53 Sep 15th, 2017 09:01 am

Re: Please help. Grammar questions.
 
Sorry - I didn't see the second set of questions when I answered before. These are easy - are you talking about a permanent fact :

Every time my friends and I go fishing, we catch a lot of fish.

or a past event :

I had a fishing holiday with my friends last year and we caught a lot of fish.

Your comment seems to indicate that you mean the first. So :

I often go fishing with my friends. Sometimes we catch a lot of fish. Other times, we don't catch anything.

But if you are talking about the past :

I had a fishing holiday with my friends last year. Sometimes we caught a lot of fish. Other times we didn't catch anything.


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