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My sentence: "Instead of apologizing to one person, I think, it would be better if he has/had apologized or corrected his clanger about it on/in his own time-line"
My question : What verb would be correct to use to show the past possibility in the above sentence, "has" or "had"? Can the verb "has" also be used to denote past possibility ?
Also, I'm confuse a bit about using the preposition "in" or "on" in the sentence. Can you tell me which one would fit the bill from both of them ?
**PS: The sentence is in reply to somebody.
Regards and Thanks
"[...] I think it would have been better had he apologized [...]"
(had he = if he had)
I changed "would be better" to "would have been better" because you are referring to an action that had completed in the past.
He has said -> recently, the effects of which might still be present
He had said -> at a point in the past, now completed
With regard to "in/on his own time-line", this isn't an idiom I'm familiar with, so I can't really say it authoritatively, but "in" feels better to me, and I'd remove "-line"
in his own time
Hope that helps!
lol it looks like you beat me to the punch emsr2d2!
With basically the same comments.
Thanks teachers (both of you) for your reply It helped me a lot, appreciate your time.
Apropos of "his own time-line" I would like say that I was referring to Yahoo timeline. Through which you update your status to the people for e.g you tell people what are you right now. Timeline is very commonly used on Twitter, friend told me so. Earlier I didn't know the meaning of that word either.
Regards and thanks again