Results 1 to 2 of 2
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 1,031
    #1

    past tense or present tense?

    Here's a moive thread as follows:-

    A man and a woman are walking along the street. An old man has stared at the woman. When the od man has gone, the man asks the woman "'you knew him?'.

    Why does the man use the past tense of 'know; i.e knew? Can we use 'know in the above context?

    Thank you for you help.
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 21-Dec-2011 at 16:30.

  1. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,092
    #2

    Re: past tense or present tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Here's a moive thread as follows:-

    A man and a woman are walking along the street. An old man has stared at the woman. When the od man has gone, the man asks the woman "'you knew him?'.

    Why does the man use the past tense of 'know; i.e knew? Can we use 'know in the above context?

    Thank you for you help.
    In the scenario you've given (as you've given it), "You know him?" is by far the most likely choice. So there must be some other reason why "knew" is used.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 17-Mar-2011, 22:13
  2. reported speech - past tense or present tense
    By thomas615 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-Mar-2011, 03:42
  3. a strange situation! present tense? past tense?
    By nixgnoy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-Mar-2010, 18:22
  4. [Grammar] present perfect contiunous tense vs past continuous tense
    By dkyeung in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 23-Sep-2009, 11:00
  5. integrating past-tense quotes into present-tense essay
    By djtizzlemaster in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 23-Sep-2007, 02:19

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •