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    agreement of tenses

    Hello,

    Could you tell me if this sentence is correct?It sounds natural to me and I've seen examples of this on the Internet.

    You should have talked to him and tell him the truth.

    Thank you,
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    Re: agreement of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by heyt View Post
    Hello,

    Could you tell me if this sentence is correct?It sounds natural to me and I've seen examples of this on the Internet.

    You should have talked to him and tell him the truth.

    Thank you,
    heyt
    You should have talked to him and told him the truth.

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    Re: agreement of tenses

    Thank you, and what abou this one:

    'You should have talked to her and say: I'm sorry.'

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    Re: agreement of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by heyt View Post
    Hello,

    Could you tell me if this sentence is correct?It sounds natural to me and I've seen examples of this on the Internet.

    You should have talked to him and tell him the truth.

    Thank you,
    heyt
    "You should have talked to him and telltold him the truth." Unless the speaker is suggesting that the listener tell the truth now, but that inference is not clear.

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    Re: agreement of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by heyt View Post
    Thank you, and what abou this one:

    'You should have talked to her and say: I'm sorry.'
    In your sentences, "should have" refers to the past. So you have to use past tense verbs.
    You should have talked to her and said 'I'm sorry.'

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    Re: agreement of tenses

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyt View Post
    Thank you, and what abou this one:

    'You should have talked to her and say: I'm sorry.'
    As the other posters already stated your original sentences were incorrect.
    I think the form you are looking for is somewhat of:

    You should have talked to her saying "I'm sorry".
    You should have talked to her saying you were sorry.
    You should have talked to her telling you were sorry.

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    Re: agreement of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Abstract Idea View Post
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    As the other posters already stated your original sentences were incorrect.
    I think the form you are looking for is somewhat of:
    heyt's sentence structure was not incorrect; some of the verb tenses were wrong.

    You should have talked to her, saying "I'm sorry".
    You should have talked to her, saying you were sorry.
    You should have talked to her, telling you were sorry.
    2006

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    Re: agreement of tenses

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Originally Posted by Abstract Idea
    As the other posters already stated your original sentences were incorrect.
    I think the form you are looking for is somewhat of:
    heyt's sentence structure was not incorrect; some of the verb tenses were wrong.

    You should have talked to her, saying "I'm sorry".
    You should have talked to her, saying you were sorry.
    You should have talked to her, telling you were sorry.
    2006
    Although you didn't say it explicit, I guess the reason for the last sentence of mine to be considered incorrect is the lack of object. So it would be better to say:
    You should have talked to her, telling her you were sorry.
    You should have talked to her, telling her that you were sorry.
    But anyway, in colloquial English I guess it is acceptable, as well heyt's second version. (OK you may begin the execution.)

    When I said heyt's original sentences were incorrect I meant some of the verb tenses were wrong.
    Still I think maybe heyt was looking for something in the line of the sentences above. If he wasn't, his post reminded me of these possibilities.

    Thanks for the commas.

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    Re: agreement of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Abstract Idea View Post
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    Although you didn't say it explicitly, I guess the reason for the last sentence of mine to be considered incorrect is the lack of object. yes
    'explicitly' would be correct, but since I didn't say anything about why it is incorrect, don't use 'explicitly'.
    So it would be better to say: yes
    You should have talked to her, telling her you were sorry.
    You should have talked to her, telling her that you were sorry.
    Thanks for the commas.
    2006

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    Re: agreement of tenses

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post

    Originally Posted by Abstract Idea

    Although you didn't say it explicitly, I guess the reason for the last sentence of mine to be considered incorrect is the lack of object. yes
    'explicitly' would be correct, but since I didn't say anything about why it is incorrect, don't use 'explicitly'.
    So it would be better to say: yes
    You should have talked to her, telling her you were sorry.
    You should have talked to her, telling her that you were sorry.
    Thanks for the commas.


    2006
    OK 2006, thanks again. I am really sleepy, I meant explicitly. We should have a second to review what we write here. But since this is just for fun, let it be.

    Discussing now semantics: I think you said it implicitly, no? How would you say it implicitly?
    Anyway, the fact is that you didn't say it explicitly (regardless of having said it implicitly or not).

    Still waiting for the execution.

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