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    Default Change of tenses in a sentence .....

    Can anyone clarify when to change tenses in a particular sentence ?

    For example , We say " When he was younger , he lifted weights and went jogging " ( simple past)
    Can we use " When he was younger , he HAD lifted weights and etc ....? ( simple past and past perfect ie a change of tense ) ...


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    " Researchers have found that individuals who have been blind , and who thus have never seen anyone gesture , nevertheless make hand motions just as frequently as sighted people do ."

    In the above sentence , (" have been blind " is past perfect continuous (isn't it? ) and " never seen anyone gesture " is past perfect ) ... What I am asking is : Is this change allowed ? Should it not be " never been seeing anyone gesture " ?

    In a nutshell , when should we change tenses ? And does a change of tense mean a " change in the timing of the events " or " a change in the same type ( like the above example where there is a change from PAST perfect continuous to PAST PERFECT ? Sorry for the long question .....

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    Default Re: Change of tenses in a sentence .....

    Quote Originally Posted by hellother View Post
    For example , We say " When he was younger , he lifted weights and went jogging " ( simple past)
    Can we use " When he was younger , he HAD lifted weights and etc ....? ( simple past and past perfect ie a change of tense ) ...
    The past perfect is acceptable, but there is no need for it.
    " Researchers have found that individuals who have been blind , and who thus have never seen anyone gesture , nevertheless make hand motions just as frequently as sighted people do ."

    In the above sentence , (" have been blind " is past perfect continuous (isn't it? ) No. It is present perfect and " have never seen anyone gesture " is past perfect ) No. It is present perfect ... What I am asking is : Is this change allowed ? Should it not be " never been seeing anyone gesture " ? No. that is not acceptable English

    In a nutshell , when should we change tenses ?
    We use a tense that is appropriate for the message we wish to convey.
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    Default Re: Change of tenses in a sentence .....

    Thanks for the reply...
    Just 1 more doubt ....
    Sorry
    , yeah ... it is present perfect .... but isn't the first one " Present perfect continuous ? " because if we substitute
    something else like "playing" in the place of "blind" , we get present perfect continuous ... right ? The individuals are still blind ...

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    Default Re: Change of tenses in a sentence .....

    Continuous/Progressive verb forms are constructed with BE and the -ing formof the verb:

    I am writing, I was writing, I have been writing, I had been writing ....
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    Default Re: Change of tenses in a sentence .....

    Quote Originally Posted by hellother View Post
    but isn't the first one " Present perfect continuous ? " because if we substitute
    something else like "playing" in the place of "blind" , we get present perfect continuous ... right ? The individuals are still blind ...
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello,

    I understand how difficult it is to understand tenses.

    May I most respectfully suggest that when you have time, you review in your books "present perfect" and "present perfect continuous/progressive"?

    They are blind.
    They were blind.
    They will be blind.
    They have been blind. (Present perfect)
    They had been blind.
    They will have been blind.

    May I remind you that "blind" in those sentences is an adjective. It describes those people.

    It is different from the verb "blind," as in:

    The bright lights temporarily blinded the driver.

    *****

    The progressive tenses are different.

    I am eating.
    I was eating.
    I will be eating.
    I have been eating for 15 minutes. ("eating" is a verb form; it is not an adjective.)
    I had been eating.
    I will have been eating.

    *****

    You could say: The snowstorm has been blinding the drivers for two hours. (But remember: "blinding" is a verb form.

    It tells us what the snowstorm has been doing to the drivers -- temporarily.)

    *****

    This all can be very confusing. Please continue to ask questions here until you understand it. May I gently remind you

    that you really need to understand present perfect and present perfect continuous if you wish to speak English fluently.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Default Re: Change of tenses in a sentence .....

    Hello ,

    Thanks for the reply .... I have understood ....I will continue to post questions if I have doubts ...
    Have a nice day....

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    Default Re: Change of tenses in a sentence .....

    Quote Originally Posted by hellother View Post
    Hello ,

    Thanks for the reply. I have understood. I will continue to post questions if I have doubts.
    Have a nice day.
    Please remember that you only need to put one full stop at the end of each sentence.
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