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    Present Tense or Past Tense?

    While solving this exercise, I made a mistake as to the use of Present Perfect (have always wanted) instead of Past Tense (always wanted).
    Is it really a mistake or they can both occur in this sentence? The mistake is in red, the correct forms are in green and between brackets are the infinitive verbal forms.

    Lotti is a born show-off. I have never been [never be] shy, he says, I have always wanted (always wanted) [always want] to be the centre of attention.


    Many thanks in advance!

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    Re: Present Tense or Past Tense?

    Without more context, both verbs could be past simple or both could be present perfect. The mix that you gave in green is also possible.

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