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    Comparison of Tenses with relation to Past Events.

    Hi guys! I'm new here hope u can help me. I've been studying English and i've been having a hard time differentiating tenses that have a connection with past events which are Simple Past, Present Perfect, Past Perfect, Past Progressive, Present Perfect Progressive and Past Perfect Progressive. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Comparison of Tenses with relation to Past Events.

    Quote Originally Posted by 070281achilles View Post
    Hi guys! I'm new here hope u can help me. I've been studying English and i've been having a hard time differentiating tenses that have a connection with past events which are Simple Past, Present Perfect, Past Perfect, Past Progressive, Present Perfect Progressive and Past Perfect Progressive. Thanks in advance.
    Well, that's about three or four chapters of a grammar book. It's all been done. Can you ask a more specific question, with examples.
    At least give us some indication of what you know about those tenses.
    Oh, and please don't call us 'u'.

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    Re: Comparison of Tenses with relation to Past Events.

    Sorry about that, I really dont know where to start. Sir Raymott can You help me with this one;
    Ex: When he graduated, he had been in London for six years.
    Correct me if i'm wrong but what i know is if "had" + "been" is used it should be Past Perfect Continuous.
    Another one... Does the sentence "They have been outrebounded" falls in the Past Perfect Continuous tense. Well, what i'm thinking is Past Perfect Continuous is conctructed by "had" + "been" + verb-ing..
    Thanks...

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    Re: Comparison of Tenses with relation to Past Events.

    Hello achilles,
    In addition to using "you" please also remember that the pronoun "I" is always capitalized.

    "Had been" is the past perfect. It doesn't require the continuous.
    "Have been" is the present perfect. It doesn't require the continuous.

    I think the Online Writing Lab at Purdue is a great resource. Take a look here: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/601/01/

    This should help you with some basic understanding of tenses.
    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: Comparison of Tenses with relation to Past Events.

    Madam barb thanks for the link.
    I use the letter "I" in lower case on purpose. That's been a habit of mine because I'm not comfortable using capitalized "I" which looks the same as the lower case "l". Anyways I only do that in informal writing.
    How about the use of the Perfect Continuous tenses which I read in an article.
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    Re: Comparison of Tenses with relation to Past Events.

    Quote Originally Posted by 070281achilles View Post
    Sorry about that, I really dont know where to start. Sir Raymott can You help me with this one;
    Ex: When he graduated, he had been in London for six years.
    Correct me if i'm wrong but what i know is if "had" + "been" is used it should be Past Perfect Continuous.
    Another one... Does the sentence "They have been outrebounded" falls in the Past Perfect Continuous tense. Well, what i'm thinking is Past Perfect Continuous is conctructed by "had" + "been" + verb-ing..
    Thanks...
    1. No "had been" does not always signify the past perfect continuous. It only does so if there's a present participle at the end, as in, "He had been swimming." If you had, "He had been sick", that is the past perfect.

    2. "They have been outrebounded" is a passive construction. It's not past perfect continuous. It's the passive voice of the simple past. "Someone outrebounded them". (What is 'outrebounded'?)

    3. The bit I labelled in blue is correct.

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    Re: Comparison of Tenses with relation to Past Events.

    Thanks a lot sir Raymott that would be very usefull.
    One more thing sir Raymott, so the use of "have been" in the sentence "They have been outrebounded." is to signify a passive form?
    I got the word "outrebounded" in basketball terms though i really don't know if I should write it this way, "out rebounded" or "out-rebounded."

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    Regardless of your assertion that you only use the lower case "i" for the first person singular pronoun in informal writing, please stop doing it. This forum is dedicated to the correct use of the English language. We have capitalisation rules and one of those rules as that the word "I" is always capitalised. I can assure you that to the rest of us, it does not look like a lower case "L". Apart from anything else, the letter "L" never appears on its own with no other letters around it because "L" is not a word. If we see I, we know it is the first person singular.

    I can't speak for any other members, but if you continue to write "i", I certainly won't help you with any of your posts.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Comparison of Tenses with relation to Past Events.

    Quote Originally Posted by 070281achilles View Post
    Thanks a lot sir Raymott that would be very usefull.
    One more thing sir Raymott, so the use of "have been" in the sentence "They have been outrebounded." is to signify a passive form?
    I got the word "outrebounded" in basketball terms though i really don't know if I should write it this way, "out rebounded" or "out-rebounded."
    Also, please don't give me a knighthood (sir). I've never been corrupt or sycophantic enough to earn one of those. 'Raymott' is fine.
    Your question could have been phrased a lot better. I can only refer you back to my past post. But, to the question you've asked, "have been" is part of the construction of the passive tense in this case. It is not a specific signal of the passive tense; though if you see "have been + past participle", it's possible.

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    I'm sorry for that Mr. emsr2d. I really don't mean to annoy or insult anyone. I think your right, I should do it the right way since I'm writing in a forum which is dedicated to the correct use of the English language. I'm also studying the English language so it's more appropriate to use it the correct way.
    I would be very glad and very thankful if you can help me with my post.
    Thanks.

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