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    Smile Hello guys

    Hello Guys
    I have a question about unspecified time. These sentences are in the past present or future tense, but unless they have a certain time mentioned
    i have guessed they are unspecified time. But the more i thought about it the more i got confused, because something like 'its time you grew up' is not necessarily non specified, because it is a completed time in the past right? anyway please tell me what you think of the following:

    1.1. Iím seeing the dentist at 3.30pm.-future

    2.Can you ring me at 8.00?-future

    3.(phone rings) Iíll get it.- non-specified time

    4.If we went in August, itíd be very hot- past

    5.Itís time you grew up!- past

    6.Phone them when youíve finished.- non-specified time

    7.He will often get a lot of phone calls in the afternoon.- present

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    Re: Hello guys

    Welcome to the forum, Wally.

    This looks like homework, which we don't help with.

    Always capitalise 'I'.

    Please amend your profile. There can't be many Barbadians whose native language is Zulu.

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    Re: Hello guys

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Welcome to the forum, Wally.

    This looks like homework, which we don't help with.

    Always capitalise 'I'.

    Please amend your profile. There can't be many Barbadians whose native language is Zulu.
    Mr Moderator,

    Please don't discriminate against my native language, what I choose to put on my profile is my choice. Thank you for correcting the capitalization of the letter 'I' and showing me that an online ESL website moderator can abuse his powers by being facetious, as well as unhelpful at the same time.

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    Re: Hello guys

    Quote Originally Posted by wally123 View Post
    Mr Moderator,

    Please don't discriminate against my native language, what I choose to put on my profile is my choice. Thank you for correcting the capitalization of the letter 'I' and showing me that an online ESL website moderator can abuse his powers by being facetious, as well as unhelpful at the same time.
    There was no discrimination in Rover's response. We expect our members to be truthful at all times. That includes their home country, native language and current location. Sometimes, that information can help us to provide better responses to learners' questions. It is simple common sense and courtesy to be honest on the forum. Once you correct the information in your profile, I imagine someone will be quite happy to deal with the content of your query.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 08-Dec-2013 at 13:25.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Hello guys

    Quote Originally Posted by wally123 View Post
    Mr Moderator,

    Please don't discriminate against my native language, what I choose to put on my profile is my choice. Thank you for correcting the capitalization of the letter 'I' and showing me that an online ESL website moderator can abuse his powers by being facetious, as well as unhelpful at the same time.
    I am not a moderator here. Nobody here is discriminating against any language. And speaking of choice, everyone here is a volunteer, choosing to give his/her time to help people with English language problems. We will respect you, but we expect respect from you also.

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    Re: Hello guys

    Tense and time are not synonymous in English-you can use the past tense for past, present or future time, so focus on time not tense.

    Are these questions from a training course?

    what I choose to put on my profile is my choice
    Not really

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    Re: Hello guys

    **Not a teacher**
    Quote Originally Posted by wally123 View Post
    Hello Guys
    'its time you grew up'
    "Its" does not mean "it is". "It's' means "it is".

    Example: It's a lovely bird but its voice is not so lovely.

    Quote Originally Posted by wally123 View Post
    Mr Moderator,

    Please don't discriminate against my native language, what I choose to put on my profile is my choice. Thank you for correcting the capitalization of the letter 'I' and showing me that an online ESL website moderator can abuse his powers by being facetious, as well as unhelpful at the same time.
    He was just pointing out a fact. It's a fact because your native language has changed to English.

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    Re: Hello guys

    What does fixing my profile, have to do with answering a simple grammar query?

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    Re: Hello guys

    Quote Originally Posted by beesting View Post
    It's a fact because your native language has changed to English.
    How do you know It's a fact?

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    Re: Hello guys

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    We will respect you, but we expect respect from you also.
    How have I shown disrespect? So far people here are just volunteering to give facetious replies, instead of trying to help, so maybe I should join in as well?

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