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    take the hose ...

    Hello

    Girls were climbing a garden wall and Mike was doing a rather novel thing - he took the hose to them!

    --- Does it mean he used to take a hose and pour them with water?


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    Re: take the hose ...

    Does it mean he used to take a hose and pour them with water?

    Since it was a 'novel' thing, we cannot say 'he used to' which means he was accustomed to doing it (often).

    Yes - he showered them with water.

    Either that, or he took some stockings over to them.

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    Re: take the hose ...

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Since it was a 'novel' thing, we cannot say 'he used to' which means he was accustomed to doing it (often).
    I'm not sure I understand. Does it mean he did it often or not? The following sentence is: Which he has been doing ever since. - so probably from that day he did it again and again...


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    Re: take the hose ...

    In your original 'snippet' it was the first time he had done it - 'it was a novel thing he did'.
    YOU knew what came next, not us:
    Which he has been doing ever since.
    Well, if he has been doing it ever since - note the use of Present Perfect Continuous - and so the tense form indicates that he intends to continue - then he has not ceased to employ this method of deterring trespassers. So how can one then use a past tense form of a verb since the event/action/habit is not over, finished, remote and so become something he was accustomed to doing, BUT NOT NOW?

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