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    tenses + but I've been too busy recently

    Are all the seven sentences reasonable in terms of the tenses? Thank you in advance.

    1. I did all the cooking (in the past), but I've been too busy recently.
    2. I do all the cooking, but I've been too busy recently.
    3. I was doing all the cooking (in the past), but I've been too busy recently.
    4. I'm willing to do/ I'll do all the cooking (from now on), but I've been too busy recently.
    5. I would do all the cooking, but I've been too busy recently.
    6. I would have done all the cooking, but I've been too busy recently.
    7. I would have been doing all the cooking, but I've been too busy recently.


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    #2

    Re: tenses + but I've been too busy recently

    1 I used to do all the cooking in the past but...

    2 I usually do all the cooking but...

    3 Okay
    4 Not really
    5 Okay but not as good as the others
    6 Okay
    7 Okay

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    #3

    Re: tenses + but I've been too busy recently

    Agreed; but for 4), just reverse the two clauses.

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    #4

    Re: tenses + but I've been too busy recently

    Would this work?

    4. I'll be doing all the cooking, hence. I've been too busy recently.
    5. I would have been doing all the cooking if I hadn't been too busy recently.

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    #5

    Re: tenses + but I've been too busy recently

    Or,

    I've been busy recently, but I'm willing to do all the cooking [from now on].

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    Re: tenses + but I've been too busy recently

    /A learner/

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Or,

    I've been busy recently, but I'm willing to do all the cooking [from now on].
    Your example isn't for now on, I'd say.

    Seems to me
    It is for the particular cooking that should be done this time.

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    #7

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    We don't say "all the cooking" in reference to just one meal, but as a sum of kitchen chores on an ongoing basis.

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    #8

    Re: tenses + but I've been too busy recently

    So I can't say
    I'll do all the cooking this time. You take a seat and read your magazine.
    And it doesn't mean I'll prepare the lunch this time and you..

    Would you say

    I'll do cooking this time...
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    #9

    Re: tenses + but I've been too busy recently

    No your first one is possible, given all the contextual limiters. But among the previous examples, you misunderstood the most likely meaning of "all the cooking".

    As for your last one, you still need the definite article.

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    #10

    Re: tenses + but I've been too busy recently

    No sweat

    The cooking.

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