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Our headman was waiting for us with an angry look on his face. He glared at our master, but before he could say anything, our master forestalled him. He spoke first, "You know, we had some problems above."
"I know, but it was our guards who had some problems!" answered the headman. "All you had was a free show!"
Our headman was angry but on the other hand, he never needed a reason to became angry, so I would not be very worried about this.

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edhutchins88's picture
I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Hi Oleks,

I am confused as to why the headman is angry. Is it because the workers have not worked hard enough during the day? Perhaps he just has a bad temper and has a lot of mood swings like a lot of people I know haha!

Just some comments I would like to add:

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    "I know, but it was our guards who had some problems!" answered the headman -
    "I know, but it was our guards who had these problems!" answered the headman (As the headman is referring to the same specific problems as the master, he would say "these problems")
  • he never needed a reason to became angry, - he never needs a reason to become angry - you are speaking about the headman's behaviour in general and not about what the headman did in the past, you need to use the present tense here.

 

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I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Ed! I was because they were late. :) I was afraid I wrote wrong about "he neve needs a reason..." but I see you understand the meaning.

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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angry  - I would advise you to continue to work on your pronunciation of the "r" sound in English. Listen to this audio clip. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Oleks :
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Thank you, Ed! You made the pronunciation of this word very clear to me.

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Ros Watson's picture
I learn : Italian (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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Hi Oleks!  'to become angry' is using the infinitive.  When you use the infinitive, you always need to use  'to' and the base main verb, in this case: 'become'.  I would go on to say: 'so I was not worried about this' or 'so it did not worry me'.

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Hi Ros! Thank you! I understood your point.

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