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Heritage Tourism

Amandeep takes a step back into the past to find out how Britain's history and industrial past still draw crowds of tourists.

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This learn english website helps me a lot.  i am reviewing right now to develop my english skills especially the correct usage of grammar.  It is very useful for I am taking IELTS. Please correct if am using the correct grammar . Thanks.

Hello
I asked a question but wasn't answered. Could you please help me. Which of these sentences is grammatically better?
 
• If I came back to childhood, I would learn playing a musical instrument.
• If I had come back to childhood, I would have learnt playing a musical instrument.

The intended meaning is: I couldn't learn playing a musical instrument in childhood and I'm regretting about it.

Thanks very much.

Hello b.khoshroo!

I saw your question, but haven't had time to answer it yet. We get a lot of comments every day, and while some questions are quick to answer, others, like yours, will need a slightly longer answer. Please be patient, and remember that we do not guarantee answers.
 
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Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Mr Bee,
Excuse me if I wasn't patient enough. I reckoned you didn't see it.
Thanks very much; especially because of your excellent, useful materials.
Yours sincerely.

Dear sir
Could you please tell me which of these sentences is grammatically better?

  • If I came back to childhood, I would learn playing a musical instrument.
  • If I had come back to childhood, I would have learnt playing a musical instrument.

The intended meaning is: I couldn't learn playing a musical instrument in childhood and I'm regretting about it.
Thanks very much. 

Hello b.khoshroo!
 
I know exactly how you feel - I hated learning the piano when I was a child, but regret not studying harder now!

In answer to your question, they're both sort of grammatically correct (that is, you use the right grammar patterns), but neither are natural sentences. For the meaning you want, you could say:

  • If I were a child again, I would learn to play an instrument.
  • If I had known how sorry I would be now, I would have learnt to play a musical instrument.

However, the most normal way to express past regret is with wish (and a when clause):
 
I wish I had learned to play an instrument when I was a child!
 
The pattern is wish + past perfect (+ time clause).

Hope that helps!
 
Regards
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

hello everyone,
i'm new comer here. i'm from indonesia. i love british very much. i wish to be there someday. this website help me so much. thanks :D

Welcome to LearnEnglish, Debby!

Hope you enjoy your stay, and that you get to visit the UK sometime!
 
Best wishes
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello , I'm from Pisa in Italy, where is placed one of the famous attraction in the world , in fact I'm speaking about the Leaning Tower and his Miracles square with huge cathedral ,and Battistero and last but not the least ,the monumental cemetary.I would like everyone to advice to come here one day or other ; you could breathe how it was the past culture and history , when Pisa was a maritime republic . You are welcomed to Pisa !

i would like to visit it , and i hope soon.

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