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    #1

    According to...

    Please, check...
    Eg. According to the following year report the profits are up and the annual turnover is over $2, 000, 000.
    Is this sencence gramatically correct?

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    Re: According to...

    Quote Originally Posted by englishlearner77 View Post
    Please, check... Please check. Leave out the comma after 'please' and use a full stop (period) instead of an ellipsis (three dots).

    Eg. According to the following year's report the profits were up and the annual turnover was over $2,000,000. Don't leave spaces after the commas.

    ',,,the following year's report' refers to a past event.

    Is this sentence grammatically correct? Check for typos before posting.
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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 26-Nov-2013 at 09:32.

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    #3

    Re: According to...

    Can you explain why "the following year's report" refers to a past event?

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    Re: According to...

    In this case the whole sentence refers to the past, but I want to say it in the present. How can it be?
    Last edited by englishlearner77; 27-Nov-2013 at 11:47.

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    Re: According to...

    Please edit the spacing around your punctuation.

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    Re: According to...

    I've done it. Please answer my question above.

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    Re: According to...

    Quote Originally Posted by englishlearner77 View Post
    Please, check...
    Eg. According to the following year report the profits are up and the annual turnover is over $2, 000, 000.

    In this case the whole sentence refers to the past, but I want to say it in the present. How can it be?
    It's already in the present tense. You are saying it in the present. You are discussing now the results of last year. You can't discuss the results of this year, since it's not over and you don't have this year's report yet.

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    Re: According to...

    OK. Now it's clear for me.
    I want to get sure one or two points. So, if I use (profits are up, turnover is over) refers the present situation and if I use (profits were up, turnover was over) will be future meaning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by englishlearner77 View Post
    OK. Now it's clear for me.
    I want to get sure one or two points. So, if I use (profits are up, turnover is over) refers the present situation and if I use (profits were up, turnover was over) will be future meaning?
    Your first point is right. I'm wondering though why you'd postulate a future meaning if you change it to the past tense - you're not; you're giving it a past meaning.
    I think you're confusing yourself by mixing up the time of reporting the action (the analysis of the profits, etc.), the action itself, and the time period for which the analysis applies.
    To say that profits are up, you mean that at one time in past they were lower than either another time in the past, or now. Profits can't be up without at least two values for profits.

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    Re: According to...

    Yes, I do. I mean that the profits were lower at one time in the past and because they were lower I have to use (were not are).Am I right?

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