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    Red face tenses

    Help me, please. Say if I made the right choice in sentences marked in bold. And correct me, please.

    My task was:

    Complete the following dialogue at a computer company's reception by putting the verbs in brackets into the correct tense.

    Paul:
    How do you do (do)? My name is (be) Paul Robetrts.
    Andreas:
    Pleased to meet you. Mine's Andreas Schmidt.
    Paul:
    I don’t think (not think) we met (meet) before.
    Andreas:
    No, I only joined (join) the European firm nine months ago. Before that I had worked (work) out in Bangkok.
    Paul:
    What did you do (do) out there?
    Andreas:
    I managed (manage) recruitment and selection for the South East Asian region. But then my wife said (say) that she hadn’t seen (not see) Europe for many years and that she wanted (want) to go back.
    Paul:
    And did you agree (agree)?
    Andreas:
    Yes, of course. And were you based (be based) here in London?
    Paul:
    No, actually I worked (work) in Madrid, though I had been living (live) near London for many, many years. You see (see) I joined (join) the Spanish office when I started (start) my career.
    Andreas:
    But didn’t your family mind (not mind) you working away from home?
    Paul:
    Well, actually my wife did (do).
    Andreas:
    So what happened (happen)?
    Paul:
    Oh, we got (get) divorced some time ago.
    Last edited by marin123; 04-Nov-2011 at 20:10.

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    Re: tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by marin123 View Post
    Help me, please. Say if I made the right choice in sentences marked in bold.

    My task was:

    Complete the following dialogue at a computer company's reception by putting the verbs in brackets into the correct tense.

    Paul:
    How do you do (do)? My name is (be) Paul Robetrts.
    Andreas:
    Pleased to meet you. Mine's Andreas Schmidt.
    Paul:
    I donít think (not think) we met (meet) before.
    Andreas:
    No, I only joined (join) the European firm nine months ago. Before that I had worked (work) out in Bangkok.
    Paul:
    What did you do (do) out there?
    Andreas:
    I managed (manage) recruitment and selection for the South East Asian region. But then my wife said (say) that she hadnít seen (not see) Europe for many years and that she wanted (want) to go back.
    Paul:
    And did you agree (agree)?
    Andreas:
    Yes, of course. And were you based (be based) here in London?
    Paul:
    No, actually I worked (work) in Madrid, though I had been living (live) near London for many, many years. You see (see) I joined (join) the Spanish office when I started (start) my career.
    Andreas:
    But didnít your family mind (not mind) you working away from home?
    Paul:
    Well, actually my wife did (do).
    Andreas:
    So what happened (happen)?
    Paul:
    Oh, we got (get) divorced some time ago.
    I've marked in red the only two that are incorrect. Well done!

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    Re: tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I've marked in red the only two that are incorrect. Well done!
    Sorry, would you say, how's right? I didn't even thought of these cases to be troublesome :(

    Well, may be, "I don't think I HAVE MET you before"
    But "Before that I had worked (work) out in Bangkok."... I'm not sure what to change here.

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    #4

    Re: tenses

    Maybe. One word.

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    Re: tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by marin123 View Post
    Sorry, would you say, how's right? I didn't even thought of these cases to be troublesome :(

    Well, may be, "I don't think I HAVE MET you before"
    But "Before that I had worked (work) out in Bangkok."... I'm not sure what to change here.
    I don't think I've met you before.
    OR
    I don't think we've met before.

    With the second, "Before that, I worked in Bangkok..." suffices.

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    #6

    Re: tenses

    thank you very much

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