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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Got it, thanks.
    You're welcome. :D

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    What do these mean?

    Let's say I was writing a review for a product, which one would I use?

    1. I bought a new Epson printer to replace my old one whose heads had clogged and the new one is a great printer.
    2. I bought a new Epson printer to replace my old one whose heads have clogged and the new one is a great printer.

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    ^ Both are correct. Which one you would use might depend on what your intentions are towards the old printer....

    If you plan to repair the old printer and continue using it, or to sell it, you might say you're not using it now because the heads have clogged, or the heads are clogged.

    If you've given up on the thing and thrown it away, that would be because the heads had clogged, or the heads were clogged.

    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Are these correct? I have 'before' here, so do I use 'haven't' or 'hadn't'? How do you know?

    1. But I haven't used it before.
    2. But I hadít used it before.
    Both are correct, depending on context.... they have different meanings.

    Haven't used it before means just what it says.... as of now, you haven't used it.

    'Hadn't used it before', however, refers to something you hadn't used at the time you are referring to, but which you have used since then.

    Example.... as of today, I have never used a gromble, though I bought one yesterday, and I plan to use it tomorrow. I used a wemble yesterday for the first time ever. So....

    I'm quite exited about using my new gromble tomorrow. I haven't used it before.

    Last week, I was excited about using my wemble, as I hadn't used it before. Frankly, it was a big disapointment. :(

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    Thank you very much.

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    Are these correct? If not, why? What do these mean?
    1. I was an idiot to think she had changed.
    2. I was an idiot to think she have changed.
    3. I am an idiot to think she had changed.
    4. I am an idiot to think she have changed.

    What do these mean?
    5. I never have been there before.
    6. I have never been there before.
    7. I never was there before.
    8. I was never there before.
    Last edited by jack; 01-Nov-2004 at 10:07.

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    2. and 4. are not OK. 'have' lacks tense, and yet 'she' is a subject, so the verb should have tense, right?


    2. I was an idiot to think she have changed.
    4. I am an idiot to think she have changed.


    6. and 8. are OK. 'never', a frequency adverb, comes after the auxiliary verb. That's a rule.


    6. I have never been there before. (OK)
    8. I was never there before.(OK)


    5. and 7. are not OK. The frequency adverb comes before the auxiliary. That's not the rule.

    5. I never have been there before. ('never' is heavily stressed)
    7. I never was there before. ('never' is heavily stressed)

    Some speakers, though, might use the structure above (i.e., place the adverb in a more prominent position in the sentence) so as to add emphasis to 'never'.

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    Thanks.
    2. and 4. are not OK. 'have' lacks tense, and yet 'she' is a subject, so the verb should have tense, right?


    2. I was an idiot to think she have changed.

    4. I am an idiot to think she have changed.
    I still don't really get why are these wrong? Especially #4.

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    she has

    FRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Thanks.


    2. I was an idiot to think she have changed.

    4. I am an idiot to think she have changed.
    I still don't really get why are these wrong? Especially #4.
    To HAVE
    I have
    You have
    She has
    He has
    It has
    They have

    I was an idiot to think (that) she had changed. (Past)
    I am an idiot to think (that) she has changed. (Present)
    I am an idiot to think (that) she had changed. ('am' = General fact)

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    Thanks.

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