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    Is it true that the tense before and after an 'and' has to be the same?

    Hi, I feel it is hard to always maintain the same tense before and after an 'and'. What about a sentence like, I've been to Hawaii several times and I am going again this Summer. Is this sentence wrong? What would be the appropriate way to say (write) it?

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    Re: Is it true that the tense before and after an 'and' has to be the same?

    That's fine.

    Many learners have the mistaken idea that you can use only one tense in a sentence. There is no truth to this.
    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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    Re: Is it true that the tense before and after an 'and' has to be the same?

    Quote Originally Posted by acscii View Post
    I've been to Hawaii several times and I am going again this Summer.
    We donít capitalize the names of the seasons, do we?


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    Re: Is it true that the tense before and after an 'and' has to be the same?

    No we don't.

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    Re: Is it true that the tense before and after an 'and' has to be the same?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    That's fine.

    Many learners have the mistaken idea that you can use only one tense in a sentence. There is no truth to this.
    But there is a logic to keeping things parallel when in a list. "I like running, swimming and going for long walks" and not "I like to run, to swim and going on long walks."

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