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    I learnt the rules of using hope. I don't understand if hope can be used before a present perfect.
    This is my sentence:
    My class has entered a competition and we hope we've won first prize.

    In my opinion it could be:

    My class has entered a competition and we hope win first prize

    Or
    My class has entered a competition and we hope will win first prize

    Thanks for your answer
    Lourdes

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    Default Re: hope

    My class has entered a competition and we hope we will win first prize.

    You could also say:
    My class has entered a competition and we hope to win first prize.

    Some may even suggest that you use a comma after "competition" to provide a short pause between the two thoughts. It is not obligatory.
    My class has entered a competition, and we hope we will win first prize.
    My class has entered a competition, and we hope to win first prize.

    John

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    Default Re: hope

    I think you would hear people say "we hope we win" as well. My team is playing in the championship game Saturday. I hope they play well.

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    Default Re: hope

    Quote Originally Posted by lourdes_lima View Post
    I learnt the rules of using hope. I don't understand if hope can be used before a present perfect.
    This is my sentence:
    My class has entered a competition and we hope we've won first prize. OK (OR "...that we've won first prize."

    In my opinion it could be:

    My class has entered a competition and we hope win first prize. No, but another option besides the one above could be "...we hope to have won first prize".

    Or
    My class has entered a competition and we hope we will win first prize. OR "...we hope to win first prize."
    Thanks for your answer
    Lourdes
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    Default Re: hope

    Hello b.

    My class has entered a competition and we hope to have won first prize.
    Has the competition taken place and is the speaker waiting for the results?

    Best,
    John

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    Default Re: hope

    If the speaker is waiting for the results, "I hope we've won" is fine.

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    Default Re: hope

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    Hello b.

    My class has entered a competition and we hope to have won first prize.
    Has the competition taken place and is the speaker waiting for the results?

    Best,
    John
    In the case of submitting / producing something, yes. But if entered means registering, then the statement, as such, would not be correct.

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    Thanks b. I see what you mean now. Excellent answer.
    John

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