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    Default tense for particular happening in the past but which occurs regularly

    What tense should be used when we talk about a particular happening in the past but which occurs regularly?

    For eg; There is a regular power shut down in my city for two hours everyday. My internet doesn't work for three hours after the power resumes everyday.

    Now the internet works properly. In this sentence I am referring to the present actions which happens regularly. I am confused what tense I should put in the place of "resume" when I convert the sentence into past. However, the power shut down still exists but the problem with internet is no longer there.

    There is a regular power shut down in my city for two hours everyday. My internet didn't work for three hours after the power resumed everyday.

    I know the above is not correct as it implies that I am talking about a particular action and not everyday. I know "used to" is the proper phrase but I am not sure whether it would suit here.

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    Default Re: tense for particular happening in the past but which occurs regularly

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    What tense should be used when we talk about a particular happening in the past but which occurs regularly?

    For eg; There is a regular power shut down in my city for two hours everyday. My internet doesn't work for three hours after the power resumes everyday.

    Now the internet works properly. In this sentence I am referring to the present actions which happens regularly. I am confused what tense I should put in the place of "resume" when I convert the sentence into past. However, the power shut down still exists but the problem with internet is no longer there.

    There is a regular power shut down in my city for two hours everyday. My internet didn't work for three hours after the power resumed everyday.

    I know the above is not correct as it implies that I am talking about a particular action and not everyday. I know "used to" is the proper phrase but I am not sure whether it would suit here.
    If the event is still happening, you can say, "Every day the power shuts off for two hours and my internet doesn't work for three hours after it's back on." That is, you use the present, which is used for habitual events and actions.
    If it only happened in the past, "Every day the power would shut off for two hours and my internet would not work for three hours after it was back on."

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    Default Re: tense for particular happening in the past but which occurs regularly

    I suggest a couple of small corrections to your post david11.

    Everyday means commonplace, ordinary, routine. When you mean every day you must use every day rather than everyday.

    If you choose to use e.g. you should not put for in front of it. e.g. is an abbreviation of exempli gratia, which in Latin means for example.

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