Raymond Chandler's short story "Pearls are a nui-
sance" has the following piece of dialogue:
"[...] The pearls are a string of forty-nine
matched pink ones which Mr. Penruddock gave to
Mrs. Penruddock for her golden wedding present.
She hardly ever wore them lately, except perhaps
on Christmas or when she had a couple of very old
friends in to dinner and was well enough to sit
up. And every Thanksgiving she gives a dinner to
all the pensioners and friends and old employees
Mr. Penruddock left on her hands, and she wore
"You are getting your verb tenses a little
mixed," I said, "but the general idea is clear.
Have you an idea what corrections the spearker would
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