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    Is the follwoing sentece correct in terms of tense? ( I am trying to describe something happening at the moment of speaking)

    I am waiting for a bus. One boy is eating a sandwich while wating for a bus. He doesn't seem to have eaten breakfast. ( is it right tense???)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bosun View Post
    Is the follwoing sentence correct in terms of tense? I am trying to describe something that's happening at the moment of speaking.
    The tense is fine, but the main verb seems doesn't work. Try,

    One boy is eating a sandwich, and you can tell by the way he is eating it that he hasn't had/hasn't eaten breakfast.

    Does that help?

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    Default Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    The tense is fine, but the main verb seems doesn't work. Try,

    One boy is eating a sandwich, and you can tell by the way he is eating it that he hasn't had/hasn't eaten breakfast.

    Does that help?
    what I am trying to say that I am not sure whether he has eaten his breakfast or not. That is why I chose " seem", so in such case, can I

    maybe he has not eaten his breakfast??

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    In that case, try,

    I am waiting for a bus. One boy is eating a sandwich. I wonder if he has eaten breakfast.

    Does that help?

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