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    I am/was still recovering ... This is/was because... I am/was sure he would have

    Maybe, the driver thought he had a good reason for his irresponsible behaviour, namely my taking my sweet time in getting off the bus, as he was not convinced that I am/was still recovering from the injury. This is/was because he did not get off the bus to take a look at my injured scarred leg. If he had done so, I am/was sure he would have apologised to me.

    1. For 'am/was', I wonder which verb to use because I am still recovering from my injury.
    2. In the case of 'is/was' I think it should be 'was', but I am not sure.
    3. As for 'am/was', I think it should be 'was', but am also not certain.

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    Re: I am/was still recovering ... This is/was because... I am/was sure he would have

    Could somebody please give an answer to my post? Thanks.

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    Re: I am/was still recovering ... This is/was because... I am/was sure he would have

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Could somebody please give an answer to my post? Thanks.
    I suspect that you have not received an answer because the text makes little sense. How does your taking your sweet time getting off a bus become irresponsible behavior on the part of the bus driver?

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    Re: I am/was still recovering ... This is/was because... I am/was sure he would have

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I suspect that you have not received an answer because the text makes little sense. How does your taking your sweet time getting off a bus become irresponsible behavior on the part of the bus driver?
    Where I live, we board the bus at the front part and tap the card on the meter, which records the start of the journey. Before we alight, we tap again on the meter at the middle of the bus so that the correct fare is deducted from the card.

    After tapping the card on the meter next to the driver I walked away with a limp. The bus driver should have noticed that one of my legs is injured. Evidently, he didn't see or could not be bothered. After I tapped the card before alighting, he closed the doors before I could alight. I believe he thought I was taking my sweet time in tapping the card. The fact is that the driver must ensure that I get off the bus before closing the doors after I had tapped the card. This is tantamount to errant behaviour on the driver's part, to me and even to the management of the company.

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    Re: I am/was still recovering ... This is/was because... I am/was sure he would have

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Where I live, we board the bus at the front part and tap the card on the meter, which records the start of the journey. Before we alight, we tap again on the meter at the middle of the bus so that the correct fare is deducted from the card.

    After tapping the card on the meter next to the driver I walked away with a limp. The bus driver should have noticed that one of my legs is injured. Evidently, he didn't see or could not be bothered. After I tapped the card before alighting, he closed the doors before I could alight. I believe he thought I was taking my sweet time in tapping the card. The fact is that the driver must ensure that I get off the bus before closing the doors after I had tapped the card. This is tantamount to errant behaviour on the driver's part, to me and even to the management of the company.
    OK, that is the context. Most of that was missing in the piece you posted.

    As to your question, I would use the present tense in all three choices: am/is/am.

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    Re: I am/was still recovering ... This is/was because... I am/was sure he would have

    There are some other problems in your passage. For example, your use of "the injury" - you write as though the driver knew about your injury, when it was, and what your recovery time should have been.

    Do you really think it's realistic for a driver to remember which of his passengers limped when they came on board? Whether you limped or were just slow, he shouldn't close the doors before you're off.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: I am/was still recovering ... This is/was because... I am/was sure he would have

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    There are some other problems in your passage. For example, your use of "the injury" - you write as though the driver knew about your injury, when it was, and what your recovery time should have been.

    Do you really think it's realistic for a driver to remember which of his passengers limped when they came on board? Whether you limped or were just slow, he shouldn't close the doors before you're off.
    When I walked towards the middle part of the bus, I walked with a limp. The driver could see through the top mirror in front of him that I was limping. Where I live, this is what all drivers do. They must look and see that all passengers have got off before they closed the doors. My limping should be proof that I had difficulty walking unless he didn't look at the front mirror above him.

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    I agree with you that the driver should not drive away until people have sat down and it's true that if you walked with a limp after you got on, he should wait until you have sat down. However, I find it surprising that a driver is then expected to remember that you were limping when it's time for you to get off. Of course, if he had noticed you limping again on your way to the door, he should have waited before closing the doors.
    You clearly have much more sympathetic drivers there. In the UK, as soon as the passengers are on board, the doors are closed and the driver moves off, even if people are still finding seats and/or climbing the stairs.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I am/was still recovering ... This is/was because... I am/was sure he would have

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    My limping should be proof
    I'd use should have been

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    Re: I am/was still recovering ... This is/was because... I am/was sure he would have

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I agree with you that the driver should not drive away until people have sat down and it's true that if you walked with a limp after you got on, he should wait until you have sat down. However, I find it surprising that a driver is then expected to remember that you were limping when it's time for you to get off. Of course, if he had noticed you limping again on your way to the door, he should have waited before closing the doors.
    You clearly have much more sympathetic drivers there. In the UK, as soon as the passengers are on board, the doors are closed and the driver moves off, even if people are still finding seats and/or climbing the stairs.
    Shouldn't it be "I agree with you that the driver should not have driven away...? Thanks.
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