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    can past tense be used here

    Hi, my dear teachers. Your help is needed here.
    It has not been expected that we can finish the task three days ahead of time.
    Can we say "it was not expected" here? Someone told me the simple past tense can't be used here, because the simple present tense indicated by "can" is used in the clause.I get confused. How about your explanation? Can the simple past tense be used here? If so, what are the difference?
    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: can past tense be used here

    Quote Originally Posted by tianhang View Post
    Hi, my dear teachers. Your help is needed here.
    It has not been expected that we can finish the task three days ahead of time.
    Can we say "it was not expected" here? Someone told me the simple past tense can't be used here, because the simple present tense indicated by "can" is used in the clause.I get confused. How about your explanation? Can the simple past tense be used here? If so, what are the difference?
    Thanks a lot!
    Neither work. "It was not expected that we could finish the task..." is better, but it still seems like an awkward sentence to me.

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    Re: can past tense be used here

    Quote Originally Posted by tianhang View Post
    Hi, my dear teachers. Your help is needed here.
    It has not been expected that we can finish the task three days ahead of time.
    Can we say "it was not expected" here? Someone told me the simple past tense can't be used here, because the simple present tense indicated by "can" is used in the clause.I get confused. How about your explanation? Can the simple past tense be used here? If so, what are the difference?
    Thanks a lot!
    Agree w/bhaisahab. Depending on the situation, context or time frame, how about "It is not expected that we can etc."(future activity) OR "It was not expected that we could have finished etc." (past activity)

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    Re: can past tense be used here

    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: can past tense be used here

    Thanks a lot. I have a better understanding now.

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