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    Hope + were

    "London, I hope you were worth the effort."

    The above sentence, posted by a friend of mine on Facebook, struck me as odd. It's meant to express that his working hard to save up money for a trip to London will pay off. However, "hope" refers to the future and "were" to the past, so I don't think you can combine them as above. What do you think?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Hope + were

    As it stands, the sentence is meaningless.

    From what you say, your friend should have written, "I hope it is/will be/will have been worth the effort".

    You can hope that something happened in the past:

    So, you spent your life's savings on that trip to Australia. I hope it was worth it.

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    Re: Hope + were

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    As it stands, the sentence is meaningless.
    Actually, the sentence is perfectly possible:

    A: My husband fought a duel to the death with ten suitors in order to gain my hand in marriage.
    B: Well, I hope you were worth the effort!

    , but would certainly not have the intended meaning.

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