Results 1 to 8 of 8
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • Sri Lanka
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Oct 2008
    • Posts: 262
    #1

    Regarding the use of verbs has and had and preposition.

    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

  1. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,893
    #2

    Re: Regarding the use of verbs has and had and preposition.

    Quote Originally Posted by razer View Post
    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"

    I don't know what you mean by "his own time-line" especially in relation to the first part of the sentence. "Instead of apologising to one person, I think it would have been better if he had apologised to the whole group".

    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 ?

    Yes. If I had won the lottery, I would now be rich.

    I would have been happier if you had bought me a diamond necklace!



    Also, I'm confuse a bit a bit confused about using the preposition "in" or "on" in the sentence. Can you tell me which one of them would fit the bill from both of them ?


    **PS: The sentence is in reply to somebody.


    Regards and Thanks
    See above.

  2. #3

    Re: Regarding the use of verbs has and had and preposition.

    Quote Originally Posted by razer View Post
    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 a little confused about using the preposition "in" or "on" in the sentence. Can you tell me which one would fit the bill forboth of them ?
    I'd go for:
    "[...] 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!

    James

  3. #4

    Re: Regarding the use of verbs has and had and preposition.

    lol it looks like you beat me to the punch emsr2d2!

    With basically the same comments.

  4. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,893
    #5

    Re: Regarding the use of verbs has and had and preposition.

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesAtRealize View Post
    lol it looks like you beat me to the punch emsr2d2!

    With basically the same comments.
    As my grandfather said "Great minds think alike. So do idiots!"

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • Sri Lanka
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Oct 2008
    • Posts: 262
    #6

    Re: Regarding the use of verbs has and had and preposition.

    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

  5. #7

    Re: Regarding the use of verbs has and had and preposition.

    Quote Originally Posted by razer View Post
    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
    In that case definitely "on" instead of in.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • Sri Lanka
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Oct 2008
    • Posts: 262
    #8

    Re: Regarding the use of verbs has and had and preposition.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    As my grandfather said "Great minds think alike. So do idiots!"
    lol

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] Regarding verbs and preposition
    By Joe333 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-Apr-2010, 07:35
  2. [Grammar] Examples of linking verbs, indirect and direct objects, and action verbs
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Oct-2009, 14:33
  3. Help on Phrasal verbs and their equivalent one word verbs
    By kiranlegend in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-Jul-2009, 19:50
  4. List of Verbs + Preposition
    By Esklus in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 10-Jun-2009, 16:30
  5. [Grammar] object of a preposition and preposition definitions
    By mandah in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-Sep-2008, 20:32

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
  •