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    Gerundive in a sentence in the past.

    Hi
    Today I did a lecture and after I showed something to people I sent out some notes.
    I was willing to use gerund but I feel like the sentence is not correct at all.
    I would like to start the sentence saying

    "Here are just few notes after showing the paper today".

    Should it be "after showing", "after having showed" or other form?
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    Re: Gerundive in a sentence in the past.

    Quote Originally Posted by Conoscenza SIlente View Post
    Hi
    Today I did a lecture and after I showed something to people I sent out some notes.
    "I gave a lecture"
    I was willing wanted to use gerund but I feel like the sentence is not correct at all.
    I would like to start the sentence saying

    "Here are just few notes after showing the paper today".

    Should it be "after showing", "after having showed" or other form?
    Thanks
    CS
    "After having showed you the paper today, I will [now] give you some notes."
    This is probably the most grammatically correct, and it's what I'd write in a formal essay, etc. but it's not very colloquial.
    In a formal paper, you might write, "After having explained the methodology, I will now move on to the results". That is the correct use.

    "After showing you the paper today, I will give you some notes."
    This is understandable in the context, and you could use it. But you'll notice that it could refer to a lecture that you haven't given yet (if you leave out the "now").
    The problem with your original:
    "Here are just a few notes after showing the paper today".
    is that "showing" has no subject. Grammatically, it seems that the notes are the thing that showed the paper.

    So, the closest colloquial expression might be:
    "After showing you the paper today, I'm now going to give you a few notes, "
    But, you're right. In formal use, you'd use "after having shown."

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    Re: Gerundive in a sentence in the past.

    HI Raymott
    Thanks a lot for this nice explanation.
    Regards
    CS

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