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    present perfect tense or simple past tense ?

    I had trouble on my live one after anther since I changed my name.

    Is the sentence correct?

    I don't know whether I should use the present perfect tense or the simple past tense.


    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: present perfect tense or simple past tense ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soox View Post
    I had trouble on my live one after anther since I changed my name.

    Is the sentence correct?

    I don't know whether I should use the present perfect tense or the simple past tense.


    Thanks a lot.
    What do you mean by "on my live one after another"?

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    Re: present perfect tense or simple past tense ?

    "I've had trouble ... since I changed my name." Yes the first clause should be in the present perfect if you are stilling having trouble.
    The middle of your sentence is incomprehensible, but I don't think it will change this opinion. It would still be interesting to know what you mean.

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    Re: present perfect tense or simple past tense ?

    I want to say: Trouble in my life, such as a impolite new neighbor, a partial new superior, my leaky roof, a barking dog always at midnight and so on, emerged one after another when I changed my name.


    I want to rephrase it as a concise one, but I don't know how to rewrite it.


    Could I say "I have had trouble on my life one by one since I changed my name."?


    Thanks a lot.


    Yes the first clause should be in the present perfect if you are stilling having trouble.
    In addition, I have a question about if my trouble have gone, could I use the simple past?

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    Re: present perfect tense or simple past tense ?

    "I've had constant/multiple/ongoing problems in my life since I changed my name."
    "I've had nothing but problems in my life since I changed my name."

    I cannot understand how problems with neighbours, barking dogs or a leaking roof can have any connection to changing your name.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: present perfect tense or simple past tense ?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I cannot understand how problems with neighbours, barking dogs or a leaking roof can have any connection to changing your name.
    There's no accounting for the superstitions of others.

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    Re: present perfect tense or simple past tense ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There's no accounting for the superstitions of others.
    That's true. Mind you, it seems to me that the logical thing to do is to change the name back and see if the strange occurrences stop.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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