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1.With 1997, we are all told to learn Mandarin.
2.In 1997, we were all told to learn Mandarin.
3.From 1997, we have been told to learn Mandarin.
4. From 1997, we were all told to learn.
(we: people in Hong Kong)

Are they all correct? I think sentence 2 and 3 are correct. If sentence1 is correct, what does it mean?


Many thanks in advance.
 
  • p4956

    New Member
    English
    No. 1 does not make sense.

    No. 2 sounds the best (from a native speaker's point of view).

    3 and 4 are technically correct but just don't very good to my ear.

    p.
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    1.With 1997, we are all told to learn Mandarin.

    Try:

    With the passing of 1997 we were all told to learn Mandarin.

    or

    With the arrival of 1997 we were all told to learn Mandarin.


    But it is not intelligible as written.



    2.In 1997, we were all told to learn Mandarin. (I would delete the comma.)



    3.From 1997, on we have been told to learn Mandarin. ( I would delete the comma and add "on".)



    4. From 1997, on we were all told to learn Mandarin. ( I would delete the comma and add "on" and "Mandarin".)
     

    gaer

    Senior Member
    US-English
    1.With 1997, we are all told to learn Mandarin.
    2.In 1997, we were all told to learn Mandarin.
    3.From 1997, we have been told to learn Mandarin.
    4. From 1997, we were all told to learn.
    (we: people in Hong Kong)

    Are they all correct? I think sentence 2 and 3 are correct. If sentence1 is correct, what does it mean?


    Many thanks in advance.
    Of the choices given, I would only only use #2.

    There are many ways I would pick to express this thought differently, but they all get away from the pattern that you are using or are showing us.
     
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