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    Default This day/week/month/year

    Howdy howdy!

    I read in a grammer book that ''this'' can be used after periods of time related to the present.
    The other day I came across this sentence:

    I saw him this morning.

    It is actually refering to a point of time in the past, not present.

    The question that is troubling my mind is :

    1. What forms of verbs can be used with the adverbs such as This
    week/day/month/year?

    2. Are the following sentences correct?

    I'm going to go swimming this week/year.
    I went to the hospital this week/year.
    I go to the hospital this week/year.

    Thanks very much indeed.

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    Default Re: This day/week/month/year

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Howdy howdy!

    I read in a grammer book that ''this'' can be used after periods of time related to the present.
    The other day I came across this sentence:

    I saw him this morning.

    It is actually refering to a point of time in the past, not present.

    The question that is troubling my mind is :

    1. What forms of verbs can be used with the adverbs such as This
    week/day/month/year?

    2. Are the following sentences correct?

    I'm going to go swimming this week/year.
    I went to the hospital this week/year.
    I go to the hospital this week/year.

    Thanks very much indeed.
    Verbs in this context can be used to refer to the past or future and can also be used in the present perfect to relate to the present; I doubt that they can be used in the simple present.
    All your examples in #2 are correct. The verb forms used in the first and third sentences refer to a future time, while the second refers to a past. An example in the present perfect is "I have been attending an interesting lecture series this month." We generally do not use this day in the same manner, preferring today. We can say "July 4, 1776 is an important day in US history because on this day the Declaration of Independence was signed."

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