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    present or past tense

    According to our telephone conversation yesterday, we understand/understood that you would like us to finish the work as soon as possible.

    Are understand and understood both acceptable in the above sentence?



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    Re: present or past tense

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    I could hear both being used, but it's a bit dependent upon the context of the conversation.
    If I were calling back to confirm that you wanted the work done as soon as possible, I would use the present "understand".
    If I showed up at your door, toolbox in hand, and you asked why I was there, I would use the past "understood".
    Last edited by SlickVic9000; 14-Sep-2012 at 08:17.

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