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    Tenses

    Hi there,
    I would like to know if these tenses in the sentence are correct -
    "When I have read about the microscopy facility at IST, I was truly amazed by the opportunities for analysis.. "
    Or should I use: "when I had read, I was" or "when I red, I have been amazed".
    I got confused, can you help, please ?

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    Re: Tenses

    Welcome to the forum, Polarchrist.

    "When I read about the microscopy facility at IST, I was truly amazed by the opportunities for analysis."

    These things happened in the past. We need a past tense.

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    Re: Tenses

    Please don't post the same question in more than one forum. It wastes the time of people who answer it in one forum only to discover it has already been answered in another.

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    Re: Tenses

    When I had read about the microscopy facility at IST, I was truly amazed by the opportunities for analysis.

    I think it's also correct. Am I right?
    Thanks.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #5

    Re: Tenses

    I'm sorry, I did it by mistake. Won't happen again. Thank you

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    Re: Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    When I had read about the microscopy facility at IST, I was truly amazed by the opportunities for analysis.

    I think it's also correct. Am I right?
    Thanks.
    Not unless something else has happened since then.

    When I had read about it, I was amazed.
    But then I actually went there, and was disappointed.

    We use the past perfect less than learners seem to think. The simple past is all you need for a one-time event in the past. I read about it. I was amazed at that time.
    Last edited by 5jj; 12-Jan-2014 at 17:10. Reason: typo
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Please don't post the same question in more than one forum. It wastes the time of people who answer it in one forum only to discover it has already been answered in another.
    If you get a response you don't understand, please ask us.
    If you get a response that doesn't match what you think is true, please ask us.

    But let's give the people in one place or the other a chance to answer first.
    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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    #8

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    I'm sorry, it was my mistake. Thank you. Will do in future.

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    Re: Tenses

    Don't worry about it, Polarchrist. Many people don't realise our policy on this, and we need to point it out when this happens, that's all.

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