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    A different use of present indefinite tense

    Hi.
    We can use present indefinite tense instead of past indefinite or present perfect for past actions when the speaker's answer or question is next to the listener's, but we normally use past indefinite tense. It can depend on motives. My question is what is the difference between the two uses? Do we have to be careful to use tenses that way?

    Thanks to 5jj for his great explanation of this kind of use of tense in this post :http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...l-correct.html

    Thank you all....
    Last edited by sumon.; 24-Feb-2012 at 17:46. Reason: past actions

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    Re: A different use of present indefinite tense

    Quote Originally Posted by sumon. View Post
    Hi.
    We can use present indefinite tense instead of past indefinite or present perfect when the speaker's answer or question is next to the listener's, but we normally use past indefinite tense. It can depend on motives. My question is what is the difference between the two uses? Do we have to be careful to use tenses that way?

    Thanks to 5jj for his great explanation of this kind of use of tense in this post :http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...l-correct.html

    Thank you all....
    Could you post some examples showing what you mean please.

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    Re: A different use of present indefinite tense

    You ask for giving some examples, because I could not give any example but surprisingly that has become an example.
    Last edited by sumon.; 24-Feb-2012 at 17:52.

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    Re: A different use of present indefinite tense

    Quote Originally Posted by sumon. View Post
    You ask for giving some examples, because I could not give any example but surprisingly that has become an example.
    "You ask for giving some examples"
    That doesn't work for me.

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    Re: A different use of present indefinite tense

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "You ask for giving some examples"
    That doesn't work for me.
    It does for me.

    It works just as it is, but I'll put in in more explicit context:

    I have your last post on the screen now, , and I note that you ask for some examples.

    This reads very naturally to me.

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    Re: A different use of present indefinite tense

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It does for me.

    It works just as it is, but I'll put in in more explicit context:

    I have your last post on the screen now, , and I note that you ask for some examples.

    This reads very naturally to me.
    Of course "You ask for some examples" is fine. "You ask for giving some examples" is not.

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