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    Default taking shower or taking a shower and more questions

    Dear all,
    Here are my questions:

    1. Which statement is correct? taking shower or taking a shower
    2. if we use questions like:

    "Have you ever been given a medication before?" or
    "Have you ever had a medication before?

    • Can we omit the word "before" for both?


    • Do we expect us to answer it in present tense or past tense or present perfect tense?

    I'm looking forward for a positive response.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: taking shower or taking a shower and more questions

    Quote Originally Posted by mektok View Post
    Dear all,
    Here are my questions:

    1. Which statement is correct? taking shower or taking a shower
    2. if we use questions like:

    "Have you ever been given a medication before?" or
    "Have you ever had a medication before?

    • Can we omit the word "before" for both?


    • Do we expect us to answer it in present tense or past tense or present perfect tense?

    I'm looking forward for a positive response.
    Thank you.
    1. taking a shower.
    2. I wouldn't use "before" because ever is there, and it sounds strange.
    I think that this kind of questions require a short answer: Yes, I have. / No, I haven't. I'd use present or past for more details.

    Hope that helps.

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    Default Re: taking shower or taking a shower and more questions

    Quote Originally Posted by mektok View Post
    Dear all,
    Here are my questions:

    1. Which statement is correct? taking shower or taking a shower
    2. if we use questions like:

    "Have you ever been given a medication before?" or
    "Have you ever had a medication before?

    • Can we omit the word "before" for both?


    • Do we expect us to answer it in present tense or past tense or present perfect tense?

    I'm looking forward for a positive response.
    Thank you.
    mara is basically right.
    Your medication questions sound unnatural. Often a pharmacist will ask you, before dispensing a drug:
    "Have you ever had this medication before?" (Yes, I agree it's redundant)
    "Have you had this medication before?" (It would be more common to leave out 'ever' where I come from)

    The questions are in the present perfect tense: you have had.
    You would generally answer in an ellipted form of the present perfect.
    Yes I have. [had this medication before], or No I haven't. [had this ... ].

    Note the difference between the present tense: "Yes I have" (something), and the ellipted present perfect "Yes I have" (had something).
    You could even answer "Yes I have had". if you want to be more emphatic.

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    Default Re: taking shower or taking a shower and more questions

    Hi, many thanks to both of you!

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