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    Tenses

    Hi teachers,

    I have a grammar question as below.

    1) I have my books but I lost them.
    2) I had my books but I lost them.

    May I know which one is correct?

    Thank you.


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    Re: Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Eriko View Post
    Hi teachers,

    I have a grammar question as below.

    1) I have my books but I lost them.
    2) I had my books but I lost them.

    May I know which one is correct?

    Thank you.
    The second one is correct.

    I understand the confusion here, however. You have your books to the extent that you bought them, obtained them, or brought them with you. They are, in fact, yours to possess, but you are not in possession of them now because you lost them. Therefore, the second sentence is correct. You had them, but now you don't.

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    Re: Tenses

    Thank you, teacher PROESL.

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