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    Question What is the TENSE of this sentence?

    Hi everyone!!

    In short :

    ( I may have had has gone to another little project that I've been working on. )

    1. What is the TENSE of this sentence?
    2. Can we use may have had has gone altogether?
    3. What does the sentence mean? (paraphrase it )
    My regards !!

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    Default Re: What is the TENSE of this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by # 1 View Post
    Hi everyone!!

    In short :

    ( I may have had has gone to another little project that I've been working on. )
    It looks like "I may have had" is the subject of the sentence, but that, of course, is impossible.

    Do you have a real question?

    ~R

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    Default Re: What is the TENSE of this sentence?

    Did you actually read this "sentence" somewhere?

    I can think of one thing that is close, but still not nearly as many verbs:
    I may have this go to another project... (I have other plans for it than I originally did)

    But what you have there doesn't make sense to me at all--at least, not the way it's punctuated.

    [a writer, not a teacher]

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    Default Re: What is the TENSE of this sentence?

    Thank you RonBee & Barb_D

    The moment I saw the sentence , I've got confused.
    I recieved a newsletter in my mailbox. Here is the context :

    Yeah, I know. It's been quite a while since the last newsletter was
    sent out. I suck, I agree. But, it's the summer... and really who
    wants to sit around writing newsletters during the summer? Not to
    mention, any newsletter-writing-time I may have had has gone to
    another little project that I've been working on. It's something
    every single person reading this (and there's about 20,000 of you
    getting this newsletter these days) will probably find pretty
    useful.
    The man is writing from Brooklyn, NY , USA .. quite strange

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    Default Re: What is the TENSE of this sentence?

    An excellent lesson in how context is essential. You presented the original as though it were a sentence. It was not.

    [Any newslettr time I may have had] is the subject. The refers to time he had designated to spend on the newsletter.

    That "newsletter time" has gone to another project.

    This sequence is fine, once you see the whole thing in context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    An excellent lesson in how context is essential. You presented the original as though it were a sentence. It was not.

    [Any newslettr time I may have had] is the subject. The refers to time he had designated to spend on the newsletter.

    That "newsletter time" has gone to another project.

    This sequence is fine, once you see the whole thing in context.
    Oh.. , now I see. Barb_D thank you very very much for your cooperation
    really you are helpful

    My regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by # 1 View Post
    Oh.. , now I see. Barb_D Thank you very very much for your cooperation
    really you are helpful

    My regards

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    Where did you get the phrase "thank you...for your cooperation"?

    (It would be much better to say Thank you for your help.)

    ~R

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    Default Re: What is the TENSE of this sentence?

    Where did you get the phrase "thank you...for your cooperation"?

    (It would be much better to say Thank you for your help.)

    ~R
    It must be an interference from my native language ( Arabic ).. I believe.

    Take care!!
    Last edited by # 1; 04-Aug-2007 at 11:31. Reason: misspelling

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    Default Re: What is the TENSE of this sentence?

    Well, I was glad to cooperate in your search for an answer :)

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