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    If you obtain weird results (in the future vs. now), your experiment was/has been..

    (In the future) If you obtain weird results, your experiment was/has been screwed up.

    If you have weird results (now), your experiment was/has been screwed up.


    In the first example, the experiment is of the future, but it will be done before getting the results. "Was" sounds wrong to me as it refers the experiment as a past event (i.e. before the speech). Which should be used?

    In the second example, I'm sure "was" and "has been" are both acceptable.


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    Re: If you obtain weird results (in the future vs. now), your experiment was/has been

    both sentences you have written are wrong. correct: if you obtain weird results, your experiment HAS screwed up.
    If you have weird results, your experiment has screwed up. In both sentences you should use the present perfect has-have+past participle.


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    Re: If you obtain weird results (in the future vs. now), your experiment was/has been

    Quote Originally Posted by awatef View Post
    both sentences you have written are wrong. correct: if you obtain weird results, your experiment HAS screwed up.
    If you have weird results, your experiment has screwed up. In both sentences you should use the present perfect has-have+past participle.
    If you obtain weird results, your experiment HAS screwed up.

    That's one way to put it. However, it doesn't mean mine are wrong (you have yet to justify). I meant it in a different way and you didn't catch it.

    (In the future) If you obtain weird results, your experiment was/has been screwed up by someone in your group. (Passive voice)

    If you have weird results (now), your experiment was/has been screwed up by someone in your group. (Passive voice)

    The question now is whether "was/has been" can be used in the first example. In the second case both "was" and "has been" can be used (in my opinion; correct me if I'm wrong).
    Last edited by lycen; 23-Mar-2010 at 15:23.


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    Re: If you obtain weird results (in the future vs. now), your experiment was/has been

    Any ideas on this anyone?

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