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    tenses

    Are these correct :

    "Since when are you having these pains?"

    "When the patient had been working in the garden, he suddenly felt a severe pain in the back."


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    Re: tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by alla View Post
    Are these correct :

    "Since when are you having these pains?" Since when have you been having these pains? Or: When did you start having these pains? Or: When did these pains start?

    "When the patient had been working in the garden, he suddenly felt a severe pain in the back." While the patient was working in the garden, he suddenly felt a severe pain in his back.


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    Re: tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by alla View Post
    Are these correct :

    "Since when are you having these pains?" People say this, and I think it's quite acceptable.

    English question sentences are often 'built up' in steps.

    A. Are you having belly pain?
    B. Yes I am, right here.
    A. Since when are you having these pains?

    (first question) Are you on a diet?
    (second question) Since when are you on a diet?

    "When the patient was working in the garden, he suddenly felt a severe pain in the back."

    Thank you for your help
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