Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Singapore
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore

    • Join Date: May 2010
    • Posts: 3
    #1

    Grammar question

    "My cousin watched a magician perform/performed tricks in a circus when he was in Russia."

    If the magician is still performing tricks in the circus, can we use present tense? Or do we have to use past tense because the other verbs are in past tense?

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,627
    #2

    Re: Grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by yeng View Post
    "My cousin watched a magician perform/performed tricks in a circus when he was in Russia."

    If the magician is still performing tricks in the circus, can we use present tense? Or do we have to use past tense because the other verbs are in past tense?
    "My cousin watched a magician perform tricks..."
    "My cousin watched a magician who performed tricks..."
    Think about that.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Apr 2007
    • Posts: 4,146
    #3

    Re: Grammar question

    Where do people get the crazy idea that they have to match tenses? Is it mainly from the 'reported speech' mess?

Similar Threads

  1. grammar terminology question
    By foramoment in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Dec-2006, 15:22
  2. a grammar question
    By Trex in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 30-Nov-2006, 20:53
  3. grammar question
    By kimr in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-Mar-2006, 23:45
  4. grammar question
    By amigo in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 22-Oct-2004, 12:17

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •