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    "while you were on holiday"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We don't get the opportunity to break bread with each other very often.

    How often do you get to see your brother? = How often do you get the opportunity to see your brother? = How often do you see your brother?
    How many times did you get to sunbathe while you were on holiday? = How many opportunities did you get to sunbathe while you were on holiday?
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...87156-get.html
    Why has "were" been used instead of are? Would be there any subtle difference if I used are?


    Thank you.

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    Re: "while you were on holiday"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Why has "were" been used instead of are?
    Thank you.
    Because the whole sentence is set in past time.

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