a flat tyre

mimi2

Senior Member
vietnam vietnamese
I think both sentences are right but there is a wrong sentence. Can you explain why? Thanks.
1. George would certainly have attended the proceedings, had he not had a flat tyre.
2. George would certainly have attended the proceedings, had the tyre not fattened itself.
 
  • I think both sentences are right but there is a wrong sentence. Can you explain why? Thanks.
    1. George would certainly have attended the proceedings, had he not had a flat tyre.
    2. George would certainly have attended the proceedings, had the tyre not fattened itself.
    Well, I haven't ever heard, "had the tyre (tire in AE) not flattened itself". Actually, a tyre (I'll go along with the spelling of the sentence) cannot flatten itself. It is caused by something else. For example, a nail could pierce the tyre and flatten it. People have "flat tyres" on their cars when the air goes out of it by some means.
     

    mimi2

    Senior Member
    vietnam vietnamese
    Thank you very much, Mister Micawber and Caba.
    Hi, Caba.
    Your explanation is nice.
     
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