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    Verb Tense

    Could anybody tell me if the past tense is correct in this sentence : "By 8.00 am roads were covered with snow" ? Or I have to use Present Perfect or other tenses? Thanks in advence.

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    Re: Verb Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by suzie0726 View Post
    Could anybody tell me if the past tense is correct in this sentence : "By 8.00 am roads were covered with snow" ? Or I have to use Present Perfect or other tenses? Thanks in advence.
    Your sentence is fine. Past perfect is also possible, with a slightly different meaning.

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    Verb Tense

    Could anybody tell me if the past tense is correct in this sentence : "By 8.00 am roads were covered with snow." ? Or I have to use Present Perfect?
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    Red face S.O.S ! Verb Tense

    Could anybody tell me if the past tense is correct in this sentence : "By 8.00 am roads were covered with snow" ? Or I have to use Present Perfect?
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    Re: S.O.S ! Verb Tense

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    Re: Verb Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by suzie0726 View Post
    Could anybody tell me if the past tense is correct in this sentence : "By 8.00 am the roads were covered with snow." ? Or I have to use Present Perfect?
    Thanks in advance.
    That's right. You could possibly use past perfect (had been covered) if you wanted to say "so I decided to work from home" or some other action also in the past. You cannot use present perfect.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Verb Tense

    I've merged your two threads. Please don't post the same question more than once.

    Edit: Make that, your THREE threads, two of which were posted after you had recieved an answer to the first one.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 11-Mar-2012 at 20:50.
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