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    "I was wondering why my order didn't arrive yet once Mr. Brown told me last week I'd be receiving it by today"

    hi, suppose I make a phone call and ask this question to the person on the other side of the line. Is it correct please?
    thanks.
    Last edited by jctgf; 06-Sep-2008 at 17:22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "I was wondering why my order hasn't arrived yet since (because) Mr. Brown told me last week I'd be receiving it by today"

    hi, suppose I make a phone call and ask this question to the person on the other side of the line. Is it correct please?
    thanks.
    It is now. But I'm sure they would have understood your original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It is now. But I'm sure they would have understood your original.
    hi Raymott,

    i couldn't understand it. Can you explain when did the event 'i was wondering' took place? and when did Mr. Brown called him? does the usage of today in the sentence mean today or on the day he was wondering?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    hi Raymott,

    i couldn't understand it. Can you explain when did the event 'i was wondering' tAKE* place? and when did Mr. Brown call[ed] him? does the usage of today in the sentence mean today or on the day he was wondering?
    It doesn't matter; it didn't really 'take place' at all. This use of the past continuous is just a polite convention. "The day he was wondering" is today.

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    PS when I wrote this, I was ignoring the 'Can you explain'; I interpreted it as an introduction to a list: 'when...take place?'; 'when...call?'; 'does the usage...?'. If you treat just the first sentence on its own, you don't use 'did' (and you keep the "took"): "Can you explain when the event... took place?'
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    hi Raymott,

    i couldn't understand it. Can you explain when did the event 'i was wondering' took place? and when did Mr. Brown called him? does the usage of today in the sentence mean today or on the day he was wondering?
    Sorry, not sure where you coming from. Hope Bob's explanation works for you.

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    Sorry for the confusion Raymott, and Thanks Bob for your corrections:)

    Actually, i understood it now:), and hence i will ask another doubt that will be clear enough for you: I was wondering -- is in past continuous. Now if the speaker is conveying this question to the other speaker on phone, Is the speaker 'still wondering' while talking on the phone? I mean instead of past continuous, why can't we use present perfect?

    please let me know if my question is not clear.. :)

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    Default Re: was wondering

    I/was wondering

    why (adverb)

    she / did go
    not
    to school.

    See the 2 separate clauses that can have their own "time"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It is now. But I'm sure they would have understood your original.
    hi there,
    "didn't arrive yet" isn't possible even in the Canadian/American English?
    thanks.

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    Default Re: was wondering

    didn't arrive yet is just describing a time.


    The bride and groom can't get married because the priest hasn't arrived yet.


    The reception won't take place because the cake didn't arrive yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    didn't arrive yet is just describing a time.


    The bride and groom can't get married because the priest hasn't arrived yet.


    The reception won't take place because the cake didn't arrive yet.
    thanks!
    but where is the subtle difference, please? the situations in your examples sound quite the same to my foreigner mind.
    the bride and groom are still waiting for the priest - the action is still going on so I use "hasn't arrived yet"?
    the reception won't take place any longer. there is nothing pending. it's already decided that the reception is canceled. I say "didn't arrive yet"?
    how about "the reception can't get started because the cake hasn't arrived yet" and "the bride and groom won't get married because the priest didn't arrive yet"?
    thanks.
    Last edited by jctgf; 07-Sep-2008 at 14:06.

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