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    musicgold is offline Senior Member
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    Default different tenses in a sentence

    Hi,

    Which one of the following sentences sounds better in a conversation?

    1. Every time he does something in that file and I see the file, I come to know that he has done something.

    2. Every time he does something in that file and I see the file, I come to know that he did something.

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    MG.

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    Default Re: different tenses in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Which one of the following sentences sounds better in a conversation?

    1. Every time he does something in that file and I see the file, I realize/discover/suspect that he has done something.

    2. Every time he does something in that file and I see the file, I realize/discover/suspect that he did something.

    Both are fine.

    I wonder about the sense of it, though: "Every time he does something, I realize that he did something."

    Maybe you mean: "Every time he does something in that file, I notice it" or "...I discover it."

    Thanks,

    MG.
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    Default Re: different tenses in a sentence

    Charlie,

    Thanks.

    Maybe you mean: "Every time he does something in that file, I notice it" or "...I discover it."
    You are right. I was trying to convey the same thing, albeit with more words. Thanks.

    MG.

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