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    I'm glad you came to the party

    (1) I'm glad you came to the party.

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    (2) I'm glad you come to the party.


    Hello there! I am confused with the use of tense here. Imagine I am at party and I see a friend and I approach him to say to him the above sentence. Which of the 2 sentences is correct for me to use? Or both sentences are correct? Please explain to me and advise me how to use the tense correctly. Thank you so much.

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    Re: I'm glad you came to the party

    It is not a surprise that this sort of thing is confusing to learned. Look at the two most common things that you will hear in this situation:

    - I am glad you came to the party.
    - I am glad you are here.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I'm glad you came to the party

    I'd say "I'm glad you came" or "I'm glad you've (you have) come".

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    Re: I'm glad you came to the party

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I'd say "I'm glad you came" or "I'm glad you've (you have) come".
    A classic use of the present perfect, combining the two ideas noted by ems.

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    Re: I'm glad you came to the party

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It is not a surprise that this sort of thing is confusing to learned. Look at the two most common things that you will hear in this situation:

    - I am glad you came to the party.
    - I am glad you are here.
    Thanks for responding. So do you I should only use sentences like "I am glad you came to the party" or
    "I am glad you are here" and not "I am glad you come to the party"?

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    Re: I'm glad you came to the party

    "I am glad you come to the pary" is possible only if you hold a regular party, and you are saying, "I am glad you come to the party (we have every month)"; however, in that case we would be more likely to say, "I am glad you come to the parties".
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    Re: I'm glad you came to the party

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I'd say "I'm glad you came" or "I'm glad you've (you have) come".
    Thank you for responding. So the sentences "I'm glad you came to the party" or "I'm glad you've (you have) come to the party" are correct ways of saying to a friend at a party. I am wondering about the sentence "I am glad you come to the party" if it's also acceptable? Can I also use the present tense "come" in the sentence? What is your take on this? Thank you.

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    Re: I'm glad you came to the party

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    "I am gald you come to the pary" is possible only if you hold regular party, and you are saying, "I am glad you come to the party (we have every month)"; however, in that case we would be more likely to say, "I am glad you come to the parties".
    Thanks 5jj for explaining. Do you mean "I am glad you come to the party" is used in a more general situation(something done regularly I guess) and can't be used in a situation that is specific? Hope you know what I mean.

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    Re: I'm glad you came to the party

    Quote Originally Posted by confused123 View Post
    Thanks 5jj for explaining. Do you mean "I am glad you come to the party" is used in a more general situation(something done regularly I guess) and can't be used in a situation that is specific? Hope you know what I mean.
    I mean what I wrote. I don't think I can say it any differently, but yes, if you like, you cannot normally use "I am glad that you come to the party" of one specific party.

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    Re: I'm glad you came to the party

    "To come" is a verb that is rarely used in the proper present tense, except to express a habit.

    You came to the party.
    You had come to the party.
    You will come to the party.
    You might come to the party.
    You have been coming to parties for years.
    You used to come to parties.
    Do you think you will come to my party?

    There are many other examples, but I cannot think of any situation where I would say "You come to the party" and mean it in the normal present tense.

    As 5jj said "You come to the party every Friday night" or something similar would work, but it expresses a habit.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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