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    The bacteria has gotten to it before we ate/eat it.

    1. The bacteria has gotten to it before we ate it.

    2. The bacteria has gotten to it before we eat it.

    Which is correct?
    Last edited by wotcha; 23-Sep-2010 at 20:32.

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    Re: The bacteria has gotten to it before we ate/eat it.

    /A learner/

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. The bacteria had gotten to it before we ate it.

    2. The bacteria has gotten to it before we eat it. (Doesn't make sense to me)

    Which is correct?
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    #3

    Re: The bacteria has gotten to it before we ate/eat it.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. The bacteria has gotten to it before we ate it.

    2. The bacteria has gotten to it before we eat it.

    Which is correct?
    Neither is correct.
    You can't use the present perfect tense before "before". The index time for the present perfect is now.
    You can say:
    "The bacteria had gotten to it before we ate it."
    "The bacteria got to it before we ate it."
    "The bacteria will get to it before we eat it."

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