Hi, it is me again.
long time no visit this forum. (by the way, is that correct?)
basically, I just have a simple and easy question about past and present tenses?
The booklets being printed as we speak will be on sale this afternoon.
The booklets which are being printed as we speak will be on sale this afternoon.
actually, do I have to change the tense of the verb,.
The booklets being printed as we spoke will be on sale this afternoon.
The booklets which were printed as we spoke will be on sale this afternoon.
in fact, I am not fully understand the meaning of the sentence, particularly the part of "as we speak", does it mean "when we speak" ?
Thanks very much if someone could cast their eyes over this thread?
1. No. While "no time, no see" is an accepted way to greet someone after a long absence, you can't apply it to things like "long time, no visit this forum" and sound very natural.
2. The booklets being printed = the booklets that are being printed. I still maintain the difference between "which" and "that" so I would have written "The booklets, which are being printed as we speak, will..." to show that "which are being printed as we speak" is additional information, and not the part that tells you the exact booklets we mean.
3. "As we speak" means "right now, at this very moment." It doesn't work in the past, therefore, but you could say "when we spoke earlier."
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.