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Post time 2009-1-26 16:44:17 |Display all floors
I inquired first with an express service company which quoted USD20 for airmail that will arrive in Singapore within 2 days.

这句话,尤其是标红的那部分,有何语法问题?

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Post time 2009-1-26 18:09:21 |Display all floors
I cannot see anything unusual about the sentence.
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Post time 2009-1-26 18:46:37 |Display all floors
I agree with #2.

The sentence can be analyzed as follows:

I inquired first with an express service company which quoted USD20

- USD20 for what?

... for airmail that will arrive in Singapore within 2 days.

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Post time 2009-1-29 07:47:36 |Display all floors
Originally posted by littleboat at 26-1-2009 08:44
I inquired first with an express service company which quoted USD20 for airmail that will arrive in Singapore within 2 days.

这句话,尤其是标红的那部分,有何语法问题?

Can you rephrase the question please?

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Post time 2009-1-29 09:31:03 |Display all floors

Rephrasing the sentence using "by airmail":

I inquired first with an express service company, which quoted USD20 for sending the parcel by airmail that would arrive in Singapore within 2 days.

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Post time 2009-1-29 17:39:49 |Display all floors
Originally posted by jl2315 at 29-1-2009 01:31
I inquired first with an express service company, which quoted USD20 for sending the parcel by airmail that would arrive in Singapore within 2 days.


I inquired first with an express service company which quoted USD20 for airmail that will arrive in Singapore within 2 days.

By using "Will" in this sentence you are changing from past tense to future tense - "I inquired" past.
So by using "Would" is not so good.

However if I am talking to you about an event that happened this morning (in the past) then the promised delivery time would still be in the future (in 2 days time), so there are times when mixing tenses makes sense.

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Post time 2009-1-29 22:15:59 |Display all floors
Originally posted by richardk at 2009-1-29 04:39 AM

So by using "Would" is not so good.

Would you say, "I asked him when he will come"?



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