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    #1

    what is right usage and please explain

    The growing number of vistors ---------- the footpaths.
    a. is damaging b. are damaging


    Jane --------- just a few minutes ago.
    a. left b. had left
    why using had left is wrong here?


    --------- Robert lately?
    (a) Did you see
    (b) Have you seen
    I get confuse which is right answer and how to select

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    #2

    Re: what is right usage and please explain

    *Not a teacher

    The growing number of visitors is damaging the footpaths. - singular, because the subject is "the growing number", not "visitors"

    Jane left just a few minutes ago. - the time is specified: a few minutes ago. We use past simple when the time is specified.

    Have you seen Robert lately? - we use perfect tenses with lately

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