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    This is actually the first time I have heard of this phrase "past tense interrogative". For a non native English speaker, it is actually hard to know what kind of "grammar construction terms" the question is related to. I do hear of other more common terms like "past tense"

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    #12

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    This is actually the first time I have heard of this phrase "past tense interrogative". For a non native English speaker, it is actually hard to know what kind of "grammar construction terms" the question is related to. I do hear of other more common terms like "past tense"
    I'm not claiming that you will find the grammar term "past tense interrogative" in a grammar book. That is not the point. You clearly already know the term "past tense". And now you know (from this thread) that the term usually associated with questions is "interrogative". So if you think about it logically, you simply put those two terms together and enter them into Google.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    I have heard people who speak English very well but still make that one mistake.
    May I know why "I have heard" is used and not "I had heard"?

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    #14

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    Hello,


    And may I gently remind you that the "super easy" rule also applies to negative sentences:

    He did not manage to get the ball.

    She does not speak French.


    James

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm not claiming that you will find the grammar term "past tense interrogative" in a grammar book. That is not the point. You clearly already know the term "past tense". And now you know (from this thread) that the term usually associated with questions is "interrogative". So if you think about it logically, you simply put those two terms together and enter them into Google.
    This is the first time I understand about the word "interrogative". Sometimes I do "have a problem of asking a problem" because my English is not very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    May I know why "I have heard" is used and not "I had heard"?
    That's a whole different topic altogether and I think it's best to ask unrelated question in a different thread, but the present perfect is the correct tense here.

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    May I know why "I have heard" is used and not "I had heard"?
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    Hello,


    A teacher could do a better job explaining the difference, but I shall try until a teacher replies. And then I shall delete this post.

    I said, "I have heard people who speak English very well make this mistake" because (hopefully) I will continue to be able to

    hear people speak in the future. Being 75 years old, I have found that my hearing is getting worse. So if some day, I go

    deaf, then it would be appropriate to say, "Back in the days when I had my hearing, I had heard people who speak English

    very well make that mistake."

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    The present perfect refers to something that started in the past but still "touches" my life. So if I see a good movie, I

    might say, "Wow! That was the best movie that I have ever seen in my life [up to this time.]" But if I see a movie next week,

    I might say, "No, no! Last week's movie was not the best one that I have seen. This one is the best one that I have seen

    in my life."

    The past perfect might be used like this:

    Tom: Is that you?

    James: What do you mean?

    Tom: I had heard that you died. (Many native speakers would use the past "heard.")

    James: No, I have not died yet.



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    A teacher could do a better job explaining the difference, but I shall try until a teacher replies. And then I shall delete this post.
    Please don't. Your posts are very informative and helpful. You are too modest in my opinion .

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    A teacher could do a better job explaining the difference, but I shall try until a teacher replies. And then I shall delete this post.
    Your explanation is very good. Very clear and helpful and easy to understand. Much appreciated. Do not delete.
    Last edited by goodstudent; 21-Oct-2012 at 15:31.

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    3. It is only my (repeat: my) guess that some learners mistakely use the past tense after "did" because they think:

    "Did" is the past tense. So I guess that I need to use the past tense of the verb.

    James
    My son is a primary student. Most of the time, he uses the so-called "base form" of the verb after 'did'. Sometimes, he uses past tense after 'did' because he forgets to change past tense to "base form".

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