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    Default Tense in a conversation

    Hi,

    Which of these sentences are accurate in terms of tense aspect? Tense in a conversation is important so as not to get the interlocutor puzzled, right?


    1. You speak too quickly. I can't catch on to what you are saying?
    2. You spoke too quickly. I can't catch on to what you have just said?

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    Default Re: Tense in a conversation

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    Hi,

    Which of these sentences are accurate in terms of tense aspect? Tense in a conversation is important so as not to get the interlocutor puzzled, right?


    1. You speak too quickly. I can't catch on to what you are saying? Always.
    2. You spoke too quickly. I can't catch on to what you have just said? At some time in the past.

    Thanks
    b.

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    Default Re: Tense in a conversation

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    Hi,

    Which of these sentences are accurate in terms of tense aspect? Tense in a conversation is important so as not to get the interlocutor puzzled, right?


    1. You speak too quickly. I can't catch on to what you are saying?
    2. You spoke too quickly. I can't catch on to what you have just said?

    Thanks
    I'm not sure I'm answering the question you're asking but for me:

    #1 means that the person is still speaking and you are having trouble understanding anything they are saying throughout the conversation because they speak too quickly.
    #2 means that you didn't understand the last few words the person said, because they spoke too quickly.

    Note that "catch" would be better here than "catch on".

    Sorry, I didn't catch what you said.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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