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    Which one of these is rigth?

    There are some strange sentences. I think the first has problem with tense. And the second is incomprehensible for me. What do you think about it?

    1. Kevin's mother said that it was all right with her if he went to Matthew's house for dinner.

    2. Kansas is a farther drive from Virginia than Ohio is, although it is always easier to fly.
    Please, can You correct, if I have made mistakes.

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    Re: Which one of these is rigth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Julienovich
    Here are some strange sentences. I think the first has [a] problem with tense, and the second is incomprehensible [to] me. What do you think about it?

    1. Kevin's mother said that it was all right with her if he went to Matthew's house for dinner.

    2. Kansas is a farther drive from Virginia than Ohio is, although it is always easier to fly.
    What do I think?

    I think the first sentence is trying to emphasize the difference between "allright" and "alright" and I think the second one is trying to emphasize the difference between "further" and "farther".

    Sentence #1 -- I guess I'd go with "all right", but plenty of other people would say "alright".

    Sentence #2 -- GENERALLY speaking, "farther" describes physical distance, while "further" compares all other relationships (like "time", or "degree"). But that presents a problem. The sentence is ambiguous. Do we take "drive" to be "the physical distance one drives" or "the amount of time it takes to drive"?

    Sorry, kid ... you're on your own. Frankly, they both sound okay to me.
    —Ravin' Dave

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    I think that J. is confused with the sequence of tenses in the 1st sentence
    if he went = если он сходит
    Russian verbs don't change in the indirect speech.

    As for the 2nd sentence, here is my try
    2. Kansas is a farther drive from Virginia than Ohio is, although it is always easier to fly.
    От Вирджинии до Канзаса ехать дальше, чем до Огайо, хотя, конечно, всегда проще долететь самолетом.

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    Thank you!
    Please, can You correct, if I have made mistakes.

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