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    Confused about verb tenses

    I was just reading this page ( www antimoon com/how/input-intro.htm ) and I'm kind if confused about some verb tenses used.
    Here, a noun phrase with a gerund ("fishing for salmon") was substituted for a regular noun (golf). As a result, we got an original sentence which doesn't look too similar to any of the three input sentences.
    Now, It doesn't sound wrong to me, but would the sentence be correct if it sounded like: As a result we've got... etc. Since it doesn't really specify a time (I ran for president in 2005), I'm not sure if the present perfect tense would work.
    If you read a few books in English, you will see that your English has become better.
    I'm confused about this sentence. Read is used in the simple past tense, I assume. I would however use the present perfect tense. So:
    If you've read a few books in English, you will see that your English has become better.
    or (if read is used in simple present):
    If you read a few books in English, you will see that your English will become better.
    Can anyone comment on this? I'm a little lost. Thanks

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    Re: Confused about verb tenses

    In the first sentence, the phrase was substituted (in the past) and we got (at that past time) an original sentence.

    If you wish to say 'we now have an original sentence', that is fine; we could also use 'we have got' in that sense.

    For the second sentence, you are correct:

    "I would however use the present perfect tense. So:
    If you've read a few books in English, you will see that your English has become better.
    or (if read is used in simple present):
    If you read a few books in English, you will see that your English will become (or: becomes) better."

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