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    "John looks as if he did something terrible"

    Can I say that "John looks as if he did something terrible"?
    And one more sentence : "I wished I had taken more food"?
    Are they grammartically right?
    Thanks

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    Re: "John looks as if he did something terrible"

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    I'd phrase the first sentence like this:

    "John looks as if he has done something terrible."

    The second sentence is fine.

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    Re: "John looks as if he did something terrible"

    Quote Originally Posted by trueheart_205 View Post
    Can I say that "John looks as if he did something terrible"? You will hear it but as Slickvic9000 has responded, "had done" is best.
    And one more sentence : "I wished I had taken more food"? As posted, using "wished" in that context would be referring to a later than recent past event. Using "wish" would be a reference to a more recent event, as if the speaker had just finished eating or had just returned to the table and realized that he/she should have taken more.
    Are they grammartically right?
    Thanks
    b.

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