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    Default Tense Problem

    The NJ beauty school cheated on its students. It didn't pay back the money that it has(had? or just promised) promised to pay back.

    In the writing, it was 'has promised'

    But I think it should 'it had promised.' Because the action 'promising' happened prior to the action 'paying back money'

    Which is correct?
    1. it has promised 2. it had promised 3. it promised

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    Default Re: Tense Problem

    #2 and #3 are possible.

    (late) But see Mike's post #3.
    Last edited by 5jj; 02-Oct-2013 at 06:38.

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    Default Re: Tense Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by vestcil View Post
    The NJ beauty school cheated on its students. It didn't pay back the money that it has(had? or just promised) promised to pay back.

    In the writing, it was 'has promised'

    But I think it should 'it had promised.' Because the action 'promising' happened prior to the action 'paying back money'

    Which is correct?
    1. it has promised 2. it had promised 3. it promised
    In the first sentence, it should be "cheated its students". "Cheat on somebody" means to see a third person outside of a relationship.

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    Default Re: Tense Problem

    Please note that the forum guidelines state that your thread titles should include some or all of the words you are querying. A good title for this thread would have been "it promised/it has promised/it had promised" or something similar.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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