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    Ever since

    'My mother's health problems date from her accident.'
    'Ever since her accident my mother has had health problems.' Is it correct?

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    Re: Ever since

    They are both correct.

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    Re: Ever since

    Would you please explain why we do not use the past tense in the sentence?
    My mother's health problems dated from her accident.

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    Re: Ever since

    'My mother's health problems date from her accident.' (She still has health problems.)

    'My mother's health problems dated from her accident.' (She no longer has health problems.)

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    Re: Ever since

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'My mother's health problems date from her accident.' (She still has health problems.)

    'My mother's health problems dated from her accident.' (She no longer has health problems.)

    Rover
    Thank you!
    Can I use the present perfect tense in the sentence if she still has problems?
    My mother's health problems have dated from her accident.
    Is there any difference in meaning between the sentence which use simple tense and the other use present perfect?

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    Re: Ever since

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Thank you!
    Can I use the present perfect tense in the sentence if she still has problems?
    My mother's health problems have dated from her accident.
    Is there any difference in meaning between the sentence which use simple tense and the other use present perfect?
    No, you just use "date" in that case. They do date from that time. We don't say that they keep dating from that time, even if they persist.

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