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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by gwada (U15133436) on Tuesday, 12th February 2013

    In a conversation about her breaking up with her boyfriend, Yuka says: "The truth is, when we first broke up, I did harbor some hopes of the two of us getting back together, but that never came to pass. We both moved on and I wish him well."

    What I don't get is that, as there was only one and final separation, why is that she doesn't say: "The truth is, when we broke up, I first did harbor some hopes of the two of us getting back together, but that never came to pass. We both moved on and I wish him well."

    THANKS

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    Posted by AussieLexie (U13880784) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    Hi gwada,

    ‘when we first broke up’ places the emphasis on the breaking up. The hoping happened at the time of the break up.

    If you want to keep that emphasis in the restructure you have suggested, you would use the adverb ‘at first’ and place it after the auxiliary. (Adverbs of time are usually placed after auxiliary verbs.)

    The truth is, when we broke up, I did, at first, harbor some hopes of the two of us getting back together, but that never came to pass. We both moved on and I wish him well.

    However, this structure is awkward.

    I hope that helps you 'get it'.

    AL smiley - smiley

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    Posted by gwada (U15133436) on Friday, 15th February 2013

    Thanks Aussie, this is very helpful!

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