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    Dear teachers,

    Can you please explain to me why the writer used present tense (he likes) and present perfect (he has covered) in the sentence (past tense) below.

    A long time ago, there was an Emperor who told his horseman that if he could ride on his house and cover as much land area as he likes, then the Emperor would give him the area of land he has covered.

    This is quite the opposite from what I learned when I was in college. Hope you can help me with this.

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    Present simple is used in narrative - telling stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    Present simple is used in narrative - telling stories.

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    Well, thanks. But why did the speaker use past tense (A long time ago, there was an Emperor who told his horseman that if he could ride on his house), present tense (he likes), and present perfect tense (he has covered) in one sentence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Can you please explain to me why the writer used present tense (he likes) and present perfect (he has covered) in the sentence (past tense) below.

    A long time ago, there was an Emperor who told his horseman that if he could ride on his house and cover as much land area as he likes, then the Emperor would give him the area of land he has covered.

    This is quite the opposite from what I learned when I was in college. Hope you can help me with this.
    The grammar is wrong. It should not be in the present tense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The grammar is wrong. It should not be in the present tense.
    Can you please correct it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Can you please correct it?
    A long time ago, there was an Emperor who told his horseman that if he could ride on his house and cover as much land area as he liked, then the Emperor would give him the area of land he had covered.

    It needs a complete re-write. The tense isn't the only problem. The "if" clause is also badly conceived. There's really no "if" involved.
    The proposition is not:
    If you can ride on your horse and cover as much land as you like,
    Then I will give you that land.
    Even if the horseman couldn't ride his horse, the Emperor would still give him the amount of land he covered.
    So, the conditional is not involved.The proposition is:
    However much land you can cover riding your horse,
    I will give you that land.

    Obviously the time condition has also been left out. Let's assume the offer limits it to one day.

    A long time ago, there was an Emperor who offered to grant his horseman the amount of land that the horseman could cover on his horse in one day.

    A long time ago, there was an Emperor who told his horseman that whatever area of land the horseman could cover on his horse in one day would be granted to him.
    A long time ago, there was an Emperor who told his horseman that whatever land the horseman could cover on his horse in one day, that area of land would be granted to him.

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