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    Past Tense

    That is how i did so good. <--correct? why?
    That was how i did so good. <--incorrect? why? what does it mean if it is incorrect so i know why is it wrong?

    Were you supposed to work today? <--correct?
    Were you suppose to work today? <-incorrect? why? Is it b/c if I change it to sentence form, it is "You were supposed to work today." ?

    I think he saw me. <--correct? What does it mean?
    I think he sees me. <--correct? What does it mean?
    I thought he saw me. <--correct? What does it mean?
    I thought he sees me. <--correct? What does it mean?

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    Re: Past Tense

    1. That is how i did so good. :(
    2. That was how i did so good. :(

    ==> That is (the reason) why I did so well. :D
    ==> That was (the reason) why I did so well. :D

    3. Were you supposed to work today? :D
    4. Were you suppose to work today? :(

    ==> supposed to is a set phrase. :D

    Is it b/c if I change it to sentence form, it is "You were supposed to work today." ?
    Excellent! Yes. That's a good test for grammaticality. :D 8)

    5. I think he saw me. :D
    6. I think he sees me. :D

    ==> I think THIS. (THIS can be past, present or future.) e.g., I think he will see me. (OK)

    7. I thought he saw me. :D
    8. I thought he sees me. :(

    ==> thought is past tense, so 'see' needs to be past as well;

    I thought he saw me.
    I thought he had seen me.
    I though he would see me.
    I thought he could see me.

    All the best, :D

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    "I heard that bullet flew pass me." <--correct?
    "I heard that bullet fly pass me." <--incorrect? why?


    "I thought he saw me. "
    " I thought he sees me. "
    ==> thought is past tense, so 'see' needs to be past as well; <--I don't really get this, why?

    I think he saw me.
    I think he sees me.

    ==> I think THIS. (THIS can be past, present or future.) e.g., I think he will see me. (OK) <--I don't really get this, why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    "I heard that bullet flew pass me." <--correct?
    "I heard that bullet fly pass me." <--incorrect? why?
    I heard (someone say then at that time in the past) that that bullet flew passed me. (OK)
    I heard that bullet fly pass(ed) me. (OK; fact)

    I think that bullet flew passed me. (OK; I'm thinking now about something that happened to me in the past)

    I think that bullet fly past me. (Not OK; I'm thinking now about something that is happening to me right now: I think that bullet is flying passed me. (OK))

    "I thought he saw me. "
    "I thought he sees me. "
    ==> thought is past tense, so 'see' needs to be past as well; <--I don't really get this, why?
    I though then at that time in the past about something that happened then in the past (i.e. I thought he saw me).

    *I thought he sees me (ungrammatical). 'thought something' happened in the past. The word something is replaced by the action "see". "see" also happened in the past , so "see" should also be in past form (i.e. I thought he saw me.)

    I think he saw me.
    I think he sees me.

    ==> I think THIS. (THIS can be past, present or future.) e.g., I think he will see me. (OK)
    <--I don't really get this, why?
    I am thinking at this time, now, about something that is happening now (i.e. I think he sees me) or about something that will happen in the future (I think he will see me.

    I thought at the time, then, about something that happened then, in the past (i.e. I thought he saw me).

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    I heard (someone say then at that time in the past) that that bullet flew passed me. (OK)
    I heard that bullet fly pass(ed) me. (OK; fact)

    I think that bullet flew passed me. (OK; I'm thinking now about something that happened to me in the past)

    I think that bullet fly past me. (Not OK; I'm thinking now about something that is happening to me right now: I think that bullet is flying passed me. (OK))
    Shouldn't it be:
    I heard that bullet fly past me
    I think that bullet flew past me
    I think that bullet is flying past me
    ?

    FRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    I heard (someone say then at that time in the past) that that bullet flew passed me. (OK)
    I heard that bullet fly pass(ed) me. (OK; fact)

    I think that bullet flew passed me. (OK; I'm thinking now about something that happened to me in the past)

    I think that bullet fly past me. (Not OK; I'm thinking now about something that is happening to me right now: I think that bullet is flying passed me. (OK))
    Shouldn't it be:
    I heard that bullet fly past me
    I think that bullet flew past me
    I think that bullet is flying past me

    Good catch!
    ?

    FRC

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    "I wonder what caused this." <--incorrect?
    "I wonder what cause this." <--correct? b/c "wonder" is not "wondered" so "cause" should be "cause"?
    "I wonder what causes this." <--incorrect? "causes" is used for 3rd person.

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    "I wonder what caused this."correct?- I am wondering now, but the cause was in the past
    "I wonder what cause this." incorrect
    "I wonder what causes this." correct- third person singular


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    "This film is playing in select cities." <--correct? why? What does it mean?
    "This film is playing in selected cities." <--correct? why? What does it mean?

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    "This film is playing in select cities." <--correct? why? What does it mean? This would mean special, smart cities.
    "This film is playing in selected cities." <--correct? why? What does it mean? This would mean cities that they have chosen.


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