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    Using Mixed Tenses

    You checked into the same hotel where a famous diamond is being exhibited and it goes missing! And you say you have nothing to do with it! I find that hard to believe!
    Is the sentence right and
    the usage of tenses?
    Or should it be: You check into the same hotel...


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    Re: Using Mixed Tenses

    A famous diamond is being exhibited in a hotel (that you checked in). The choice of tenses are correct.

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    Re: Using Mixed Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by rajani View Post
    You checked into the same hotel where a famous diamond is being exhibited and it goes missing! And you say you have nothing to do with it! I find that hard to believe!
    Is the sentence right and
    the usage of tenses?
    Or should it be: You check into the same hotel...
    There is nothing specifically ungrammatical about the sentence: it is, however, unsuitable for its apparent purpose as a synopsis (of a book, film, dramatic situation, etc.), which is normally couched entirely in present tenses, with the present perfect (rather than the preterite) normally used to denote actions that occurred prior to the main time of reference. Thus, here, we would expect 'have checked' rather than simply 'checked'.

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    Re: Using Mixed Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by rajani View Post
    You checked into the same hotel where a famous diamond is being exhibited and it goes missing! And you say you have nothing to do with it! I find that hard to believe!
    Is the sentence right and
    the usage of tenses?
    Or should it be: You check into the same hotel...
    This is obviously a quote, part of a conversation. In that respect, it doesn't have to be grammatical if that character doesn't use correct grammar. Nevertheless, it is grammatical.
    In a colloquial conversation, 'check' or 'checked' or 'have checked' would be correct.

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