what is the grammatical structure of, he used to have a lot of girlfrinds ut now he has none

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Hi. I'm stuck with an grammatical structure question. The question is, He used to have a lot of girlfriends but now he has none. I need to know what is the grammatical structure of this question. can you help? Thanks. Josh.

asked May 30 '12 at 08:31 Joshua Singh New member

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There is no need to use the phrase " but now he has none".

 He used to have a lot of girlfriends. It is understood in this sentence that he doesn't have now.

 

But now he has none is redundant. 

link comment answered May 30 '12 at 10:16 sanjay Expert
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Each of these sentences has two principal clauses, linked by the conjunction, or implied conjunction "but". "Now" is a transitional preposition of time indicating a shift in tense.

 

The "but" divides the clauses into past perfect - in other words, what once was, but is no longer - and the present, where he finds himself today, without a girlfriend!

link comment answered May 30 '12 at 13:47 Ipsy New member

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