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    Question Either Past or Present Tense

    Dear All,
    I dont know whether use past or present tense for something that happen in past carry until present..
    for an example: i dont know how to do particular homework on past until now... i should use
    i dont understand how to do that homework or i did'nt understand how to do that homework.
    which one correct?
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    Default Re: Either Past or Present Tense

    Do you understand know?

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    Smile Re: Either Past or Present Tense

    Well i think that the first is more correct : i don't understand
    (But I'm beginner )

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    Default Re: Either Past or Present Tense

    What I wanted to know was whether the person in the sentence now understands how to do the work.
    I don't understand how to do the homework.
    If the person is asking for help, then this is the natural sentence. The time isn't really important- what matters is finding out, so using the present shows that they have a problem now.
    I didn't understand how to do the homework.
    Here, the problem is in the past, and the person didn't get to understand how to do it, but the time has passed.

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