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    Default dig or dug?

    After you dug the hole put the tree in the hole.
    After you dig the hole put the tree in the hole.
    which one is correct, dug or dig?

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    Default Re: dig or dug?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shosht View Post
    After you dug the hole put the tree in the hole.
    After you dig the hole put the tree in the hole.
    which one is correct, dug or dig?

    REMINDER: NOT A TEACHER


    (1) This is what Mr. Michael Swan in his popular book Practical English Usage

    says:

    (a) We use a present tense if the meaning is future:

    "I will telephone you after I arrive. (My comment: You could also say "After I
    arrive, I will telephone you."



    (b) We often use the present perfect to show that one thing is completed

    before another starts:

    "I will telephone you after I have seen Jake." (My comment: You could also say "After I have seen Jake,I will telephone you.")

    ***

    THEREFORE:

    (2) It is only my opinion that you could say:

    (a) After you dig the hole, put the tree in it.

    (b) After you have dug the hole, put the tree in it.

    (3) In my opinion, probably most native speakers would use "a" in regular

    conversations because it's shorter and gets to the point faster; you might want

    to use "b" in writing.

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    Default Re: dig or dug?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    REMINDER: NOT A TEACHER



    (2) It is only my opinion that you could say:

    (a) After you dig the hole, put the tree in it.

    (b) After you have dug the hole, put the tree in it.

    (3) In my opinion, probably most native speakers would use "a" in regular

    conversations because it's shorter and gets to the point faster; you might want

    to use "b" in writing.
    I agree.

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