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    Tenses

    Choose the correct answer
    A few years ago, industrial gas emissions…. strictly regulated.
    (A) were
    (B) have been
    (C) would be
    (D) will be

    Justification: the tense is not important with present perfect

    Is my reasoning true?

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    Re: Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Fourrier View Post
    Choose the correct answer
    A few years ago, industrial gas emissions…. strictly regulated.
    (A) were
    (B) have been
    (C) would be
    (D) will be

    Justification: the tense is not important with present perfect

    Is my reasoning true?
    Were is right because of ago.


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    Re: Tenses

    ago is always with the simple past or it can not be used with the present perfect?

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    Re: Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Fourrier View Post
    ago is always with the simple past or it can not be used with the present perfect?


    ***not a teacher***
    You may see that used with a present perfect. However, it refers to a simple activity finished in the past.

    "I've known her since three years ago."

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    Re: Tenses

    not a teacher

    The time is stated - a few years ago.
    Therefore, it has to be in the past tense.

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    Re: Tenses

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    ***not a teacher***
    You may see that used with a present perfect. However, it refers to a simple activity finished in the past.

    "I've known her since three years ago."
    The activity started in the past and continues to the present. Thus, the present prefect tense is used.

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    Re: Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    not a teacher


    The activity started in the past and continues to the present. Thus, the present prefect tense is used.

    Thanks,
    However, I wanted to mention that it's also possible to have "ago" with Present Perfect, though it only refers to the starting point...

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