2- She did bad in the tests than she expected but better in

Discussion in 'English Only' started by nado92, May 27, 2010.

  1. nado92 Senior Member

    Egypt
    arabic
    2- She did bad in the tests than she expected but better in the final exam".

    find the mistake.

    I think bad will be worse.
    Am I right?
    Thanks in advance

     
  2. SDLX Master

    SDLX Master Senior Member

    Lima, Peru
    Spanish - Peru
    That is correct. It should read "worse", and if I may say, I see no need that you bold-type the whole thing.
     
  3. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Many people say that, but if you want to pass exams in English, be sure to say "She did so badly...".
    The red text is not correct.
     
  4. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    I also vote for "worse":
    "She did worse {in the tests} than she expected but better in the final exam".
     
  5. koleda New Member

    France
    Czech
    I would add: ...than she had expected.... First she had some expectations as to her performance on the tests and then she did the tests.

    I am not native speaker though, just guessing...
     
  6. e174043

    e174043 Senior Member

    Ankara-Turkey(Türkiye)
    Turkish,Azerbaijani
    koleda, I agree with you to a certain extent. Yet, I think expectation is something general whether it is in the past or the future. I'd say that ;
    She did worse in the tests than see expected but better in the final exam.
     
  7. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Past perfect uses verb form to place one action before another. In this sentence that is not necessary. You don't need to put "expect" in past perfect because there are plenty of time cues already.

    Having said that, the sentence is correct and sounds natural with "had expected" too.
     

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