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    liked/like this post

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    Tan Elaine, MikeNewYork liked this post

    Shouldn't it be
    Tan Elaine, MikeNewYork like this post to be consistent with what is stated above in red? Thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 08-Feb-2014 at 08:23.

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    #2

    Re: liked/like this post

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Like this postDislike this post

    Tan Elaine, MikeNewYork liked this post

    Shouldn't it be
    Tan Elaine, MikeNewYork like this post to be consistent with what is stated above in red? Thanks.
    No, he clicked on "like" (past tense).

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    Re: liked/like this post

    Thanks, bhaisahab.

    I am confused. A friend of mine who is a member of another forum told me that in the other English forum, she clicked on Like, and
    +1 You like this.appears on the screen. Isn't it the same in this forum which has options Thank, Like and Disagree?

    Why should it be anhnha,Tan Elaine, MikeNewYork liked this post instead of like? For me, Like is equivalent to the question, "Do you like this post"?

    Please help me understand the difference in tenses used in this forum and the other forum.

    Many thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 14-Feb-2014 at 05:43.

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    #4

    Re: liked/like this post

    If you like the post, you like the post. But if you click on Like, you have liked (or Liked) the post.
    This forum shows those who have Liked the post. You liked it and Mike liked it. The liking occurred in the past.

    like vt. to click on Like. [my definition]

    A native British English speaker should have no problem with this concept.

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    Re: liked/like this post

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    If you like the post, you like the post. But if you click on Like, you have liked (or Liked) the post.
    This forum shows those who have Liked the post. You liked it and Mike liked it. The liking occurred in the past.

    like vt. to click on Like. [my definition]

    A native British English speaker should have no problem with this concept.
    Thanks, Raymott.

    Before the change to past tense, this forum used the present tense. When I clicked on LIKE, the reply was You like this post. What I don't understand is why the sudden change in tense. Also, why the other forum uses the present tense You like the post. The moderators in charge of this are native speakers.

    Sorry for being so confused.

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    Re: liked/like this post

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    Thanks, Raymott.

    Before the change to past tense, this forum used the present tense. When I clicked on LIKE, the reply was You like this post. What I don't understand is why the sudden change in tense.
    It's the new system, in which the interpetation of 'like' is different. The sudden change occurred because the system was introduced suddenly. I'd be more surprised if the change from 'like' to 'liked' happened gradually.

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    Thanks, Raymott.

    Can I conclude that the other forum is wrong in using the present tense You like the post when the poster clicks on LIKE?

    I am glad that with your explanation, I have learned that the other forum is wrong in the using the present tense. Maybe I should inform my friend about this.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: liked/like this post

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, Raymott.

    Can I conclude that the other forum is wrong in using the present tense You like the post when the poster clicks on LIKE?

    I am glad that with your explanation, I have learned that the other forum is wrong in the using the present tense. Maybe I should inform my friend about this.

    Thanks again.
    You can't conclude that from what I've said. The other forum is not wrong. They are both right! 'Like' and 'liked' are both right depending on the definition of 'like' that is being used.
    There are two definitions of liking a post.
    1) Being pleased or amused or educated by a post. ("I like this post")
    2) Clicking the Like link (as I've defined it above in post #4). ("I Liked this post")
    The form taken by the computer's response reflects the definition of 'like' that is being used (by the programmer who wrote the response).
    Sorry, I'm not sure I can make it clearer.

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    #9

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    You disagree, Tan Elaine? Fine. Good luck!

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    #10

    Re: liked/like this post

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    You disagree, Tan Elaine? Fine. Good luck!
    I didn't disagree. See the post above yours. Actually, I was using my mobile phone to respond to your post. The keys on the phone are a bit tiny, so I clicked on the wrong selection. On checking again, I realised I had made a mistake. Hence, I keyed again for the correct choice.

    That the problem with mobile phone keys. I find difficulty in selecting even the letters as the keys are small.

    Sorry for the misunderstanding.

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