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    Present or past tense

    A customer told me this morning that he likes me because I always smile.

    Anything wrong in the above sentence? Likes or liked, smile or smiled?

    Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: Present or past tense

    IMO, the sentence is correct as it stands.

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    Re: Present or past tense

    The conversation happened in the past, so the action like must happen in the past, so why use likes but not liked?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    IMO, the sentence is correct as it stands.

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    Re: Present or past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    A customer told me this morning that he likes me because I always smile.

    Anything wrong in the above sentence? Likes or liked, smile or smiled?

    Thanks!
    Even if the conversation happened in the past, the use of the present tense is justified by the fact that he still likes you now and by the fact that you (presumably) still smile at work.

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    Re: Present or past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Even if the conversation happened in the past, the use of the present tense is justified by the fact that he still likes you now and by the fact that you (presumably) still smile at work.

    charliedeut
    Thank you.
    I would like to know why we don't used the present perfect tense here?
    Is the present tense used here with the meaning this statement that is always true?

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    Re: Present or past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Thank you.
    I would like to know why we don't used the present perfect tense here?
    Is the present tense used here with the meaning this statement that is always true?
    How would you write it using the present perfect?

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    Re: Present or past tense

    [QUOTE=bhaisahab;921944]How would you write it using the present perfect?[/QUOTE
    A customer told me this morning that he has liked me because I always smile."


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    Re: Present or past tense

    [QUOTE=anhnha;921950]
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    How would you write it using the present perfect?[/QUOTE
    A customer told me this morning that he has liked me because I always smile."

    No, that's not possible.

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    #9

    Re: Present or past tense

    [QUOTE=anhnha;921950]
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    How would you write it using the present perfect?[/QUOTE
    A customer told me this morning that he has liked me because I always smile."

    With "he has liked me" it is incorrect.

    A customer told me he likes me because I always smile at work.
    A customer told me he liked me the first time he saw me because I was smiling at work.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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