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    There are good odds that I've misheard it. But would this question sound OK?

    "When has it ever been a problem for you?"
    Last edited by ostap77; 01-Aug-2011 at 22:51.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    There are good odds that I've misheard it. But would this question sound OK?

    "When has it ever been a problem for you?"
    Yes, it's fine.

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    +1, as we say here in the IT community.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    +1, as we say here in the IT community.
    I understand why. But most grammar text-books say that a "when ....." question is supposed to be followed by the past simplle tense?

    "When has it ever been that you said.........." OK ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I understand why. But most grammar text-books say that a "when ....." question is supposed to be followed by the past simplle tense?

    "When has it ever been that you said.........." OK ?
    Not natural.

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    But "When has it ever been said that ...?" might be possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    But "When has it ever been said that ...?" might be possible.
    Yes, I agree.

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