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    present or past tense

    A: Why didn't you ask the shop whether the shirt you bought yesterday was tailor made for your or not?

    B: I didn't care. So long as they give me a shirt which fits my size, I don't care whether it is tailor made or not. However, I think it was tailor made because they measured my size in detail.

    Anything wrong with the tense of the verbs used above?

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    Re: present or past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    A: Why didn't you ask the shop whether the shirt you bought yesterday was tailor made for your or not?

    B: I didn't care. So long as they give me a shirt which fits my size, I don't care whether it is tailor made or not. However, I think it was tailor made because they measured my size in detail.

    Anything wrong with the tense of the verbs used above?

    Thanks!

    JY
    It depends. With "So long as they give me a shirt which fits me (better than "my size"), I don't care whether it is tailor made or not", the present tense is fine if the person uses this criteria every single time he buys a shirt, so the present tense is used to denote a habit.

    However, if he was only talking about his shopping trip yesterday, then he should have said "I didn't care. As long as they gave me a shirt which fit me, I didn't care/wouldn't have cared if/whether it was tailor-made or not".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: present or past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    As long as they gave me a shirt which fit me, I didn't care/wouldn't have cared if/whether it was tailor-made or not".
    'Fit' is the normal AmE past-tense form of the verb FIT. In BrE, it's normally 'fitted'.

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    Re: present or past tense

    Thanks all for your help. Just want to confirm the sentence "However, I think it was tailor made because they measured my size in detail." is fine. Right?

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    Re: present or past tense

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    You don't normally say 'measured my size'. You say 'took my measurements'

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    Re: present or past tense

    You would know if it was tailor-made.

    You would be measured up one day and have to go back another day after they had had time to make it. You would possibly have a fitting of the partially completed garment to make sure they were getting it just right.

    Rover

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