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    Unhappy emitted from or by???

    This starlight we’re seeing now is emitted from star clusters millions and billions of years ago.

    I'm not quite sure whether I should use "from" or "by" in front of "emitted." Do I need to use the past tense if I use "ago"?
    Anyone cares to give a fix? Thanks.

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    Default Re: emitted from or by???

    Yes you need the past for 'ago' here, as it specifies a point in past time. The emission happened a long long time ago, so 'was emitted from/by'-- both prepositions are OK, though I think that 'by' is the more apt.

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    Default Re: emitted from or by???

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
    Yes you need the past for 'ago' here, as it specifies a point in past time. The emission happened a long long time ago, so 'was emitted from/by'-- both prepositions are OK, though I think that 'by' is the more apt.
    Hmm...so in most case, I should use past tense whenever I use "ago" ?

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    Smile Re: emitted from or by???

    In all cases, use the past tense when you use ago.


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    Default Re: emitted from or by???

    In most cases, 'ago' will be used with the simple past tense, Piggy, but of course it can and does occur with other tenses:

    'Tomorrow, it will be three years ago exactly that I bought my new house.'
    'I haven't seen Harry since about ten years ago, I think.'
    'I can't remember two days ago, much less last month!'
    If I had met you ten minutes ago, I would have bought you a cup of coffee.'

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    Thumbs up Re: emitted from or by???

    I stand corrected. While ago always refers to the past, it doesn't have to be used with only the past tense.



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    Default Re: emitted from or by???

    Thanks for all your replies

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