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    There were pain and bewilderment in her face, the bewilderment of a pampered child who ( has/had ) always had her own way for the asking and who now, for the first time, (is/was ) in contact with the unpleasantness of life.

    It is not homework. I'm just not sure which one right. Pls.

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    #2

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    had/was

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    What about "has/ is"? Pls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    What about "has/ is"? Pls.
    No, has/is wouldn't be correct because of the past tense "were" used at the beginning. I would write "was" instead of "were" by the way.

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    #5

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    And I would write "on her face" rather than in.

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    #6

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    Hmm. If I think of this type of person as simply an archetype, then it's timeless and has/is works. If you are describing that particular person at that particular time, then I agree with the others.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would write "was" instead of "were" by the way.
    Can you please explain a bit more about that? I thought "were" should be used because the author was not refering to one single thing. Is it a rule that when 2 uncoutable nouns go together, you would treat them as a singular unit? I've been puzzled by this when I saw an English friend of mine write on her FB wall: "Poverty and homelessness wins." Thanks!

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    You're correct, but Bhai is also right in that the speaker can interpret the description as a single expression of two qualities, and can use the singular to express this perception.

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