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    Hello,

    Sequence of Verb Tenses


    To state a general truth, use the present tense: The Deists believed that the universe is like a giant clock.

    Can we include 'be able to' in this category? Such as:

    Finally, the coach realized that I am not able to lift the barbell too heavy.


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    Default Re: Sequence of Verb Tenses

    I have one more question about that.

    I think 'present perfect' is a little bit different while using such sentences.

    For example:

    The coach has just realized that I won't be able to lift the barbell too heavy.

    I have just learnt that you left a voice message to me yesterday.

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    Default Re: Sequence of Verb Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hello,

    Sequence of Verb Tenses


    To state a general truth, use the present tense: The Deists believed that the universe is like a giant clock.\
    How does that statement use the present tense? You used "believed". That's not the present tense. The "is" part is not relevant. To state that as a general truth, it would be "Deists believe that the universe ..."

    Can we include 'be able to' in this category? Such as:

    Finally, the coach realized that I am not able to lift the barbell too heavy.
    The part about the coach is not the part which is a statement of a general truth. If the coach's realisation happened in the past then "the coach realised" is correct. If the general truth is that you can't lift the barbell, then "I am not able to lift the barbell because it is too heavy" is correct.

    Thanks...
    See above.

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    Default Re: Sequence of Verb Tenses

    I have already told the reader that there were 2 strong staples fixed upon that side of my box which had no window....


    Could you please tell me the second side of the sentence may be future tense or can or may? Could you give an example?

    Subject + present perfect +that + subject + (will - be going to V - can- may...) ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    I have already told the reader that there were 2 strong staples fixed upon that side of my box which had no window....


    Could you please tell me the second side of the sentence may be future tense or can or may? Could you give an example?

    Subject + present perfect +that + subject + (will - be going to V - can- may...) ?
    I have already told the reader that there were/will be/are going to be/can be/may be 2 strong staples fixed upon that side of my box which has no window....
    All of the above are possible with "has", not "had".

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    I have already told the reader that there were 2 strong staples fixed upon that side of my box which had no window....


    Could you please tell me the second side of the sentence may be future tense or can or may? Could you give an example?

    Subject + present perfect +that + subject + (will - be going to V - can- may...) ?
    Could you tell me what any of this has to do with your original question about the Deists and the barbell? Did my reply vanish into the ether? Did you read it? Did it not make sense?

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    Default Re: Sequence of Verb Tenses

    I have found that sentence in this page. Please check it out if you wish.

    Sequence of Verb Tenses

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    Default Re: Sequence of Verb Tenses

    Mr. Bhaisahab, so many thanks...

    Last question about it.

    George: I am going to London next year, and I am not coming back!
    Jessica: I don't care about it. I have already known that you are going to London next year again. You are always telling the same story!

    Is the sentence fine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    I have found that sentence in this page. Please check it out if you wish.

    Sequence of Verb Tenses
    It's wrong, perhaps it's a typo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Mr. Bhaisahab, so many thanks...

    Last question about it.

    George: I am going to London next year, and I am not coming back!
    Jessica: I don't care about it. I have already known that you are going to London next year again. You are always telling the same story!

    Is the sentence fine?
    The first one is fine, (George's statement). The second one is incorrect.

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