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    Past Participle

    "As you have requested, we have conducted research in order to ascertain whether we can make out an argument that Twitter somehow imposed upon itself an obligation to act through its Terms of Use and Rules."

    Any idea why the writer is using the past participle? The past tense sounds more natural and more appropriate to me in this instance.

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    Re: Past Participle

    The writer actually used the past perfect when, as you said, the simple past sounds more natural.

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    Re: Past Participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The writer actually used the past perfect when, as you said, the simple past sounds more natural.
    Sorry. Grammatical terms are obviously not my forte.

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    Re: Past Participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The writer actually used the past perfect when, as you said, the simple past sounds more natural.
    Typo. It's the present perfect.

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    Re: Past Participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    Any idea why the writer is using the past participle? The past tense sounds more natural and more appropriate to me in this instance.
    It's a very clumsy sentence for me- I wouldn't use it as an example of anything other than poor style.

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    Re: Past Participle

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Typo. It's the present perfect.


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