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    Exclamation Need urgent advice: Usage of Past Participle with present indefinite auxiliary verbs

    I need a quick suggestion/advise on the correct usage of the following:


    The case is, on pressing a certain button on a software, user is given an error message AFTER the button is pressed. I'm being asked which one to choose from the below:


    "Instructions are not sent for accounts which are associated to different investment plans than its workplace investing model."

    Following is what I suggested, since the message appears AFTER user has pressed the button:

    "Instructions were not sent for account(s) which are associated to different plans than their workplace investing model(s)."


    Thanks in Advance!
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    Last edited by mharis05; 11-Apr-2012 at 13:43. Reason: typo!

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    Re: Need urgent advice: Usage of Past Participle with present indefinite auxiliary ve

    Quote Originally Posted by mharis05 View Post
    I need a quick suggestion/advise on the correct usage of the following:


    The case is, on pressing a certain button on a software, user is given an error message AFTER the button is pressed. I'm being asked which one to choose from the below:


    "Instructions are not sent for accounts which are associated to different investment plans than its workplace investing model."

    Following is what I suggested, since the message appears AFTER user has pressed the button:

    "Instructions were not sent for account(s) which are associated to different plans than their workplace investing model(s)."


    Thanks in Advance!
    - Haris
    Neither of them make much sense to me I'm afraid.

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    Re: Need urgent advice: Usage of Past Participle with present indefinite auxiliary ve

    Can you please explain why?

    I would like to add here that I am reluctant to use "could not be" instead of were not / are not.

    Nevertheless, I have forwarded the following message for implementation:

    Instructions have not been sent for account(s) associated to different plans than their workplace investing model(s).

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    Re: Need urgent advice: Usage of Past Participle with present indefinite auxiliary ve

    "...are not sent" is used in the response as a general statement of policy and not as a direct/specific response ("....were not sent") to you pressing the button, but nevertheless, it provides sufficient notice to anyone who holds accounts "associated to ("with" would be better) different investment plans" .

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