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    Default the word EVEN is/has been/was misused

    a conversation:

    An American: Students there have an accent even worse than mine.

    My reply: The word EVEN is/has been/was misused; your accent is good.

    Which tense should I use?

    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: the word EVEN is/has been/was misused

    "Even" isn't really the word to be concerned about here.

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    Default Re: the word EVEN is/has been/was misused

    Yes, the word "worse" was misused.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: the word EVEN is/has been/was misused

    Forgetting the content, if someone has just misused a word, you would say, "You've misused the word 'even'" or perhaps "The word 'even' is misused there." If it's just been spoken, there's no need for 'was' or 'has been'.

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    Default Re: the word EVEN is/has been/was misused

    sorry,

    could you tell me in what way this sentence is wrong?
    (for certain I remembered the wrong thing

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    Default Re: the word EVEN is/has been/was misused

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    sorry,

    could you tell me in what way this sentence is wrong?
    (for certain I remembered the wrong thing
    Which sentence? You haven't given one.

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    Default Re: the word EVEN is/has been/was misused

    In some previous replies some of the members of this forum said the original sentence is problematic.

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