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  1. B45
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    I'm talking to my wife in the waiting room. (Said & say and have & had)

    Well, honey, the Doctor Gruber says/said that it's still too early to tell, so the only thing I can do right now is to wait it out.

    And

    The doctor said that I have/had 20/20 vision which I don't think is right.

    Please show me the correct way of usage. Thanks!

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    Re: I'm talking to my wife in the waiting room. (Said & say and have & had)

    Both are fine. He's Doctor (or Dr) Gruber, not the Doctor Gruber.

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    Re: I'm talking to my wife in the waiting room. (Said & say and have & had)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Both are fine. He's Doctor (or Dr) Gruber, not the Doctor Gruber.
    Hello 5jj, are you saying that a native speaker would use both forms during conversation?

    Thank you

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    Re: I'm talking to my wife in the waiting room. (Said & say and have & had)

    I'm not 5jj, but I would say so.

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    Re: I'm talking to my wife in the waiting room. (Said & say and have & had)

    WE use either the present or the past, not both.

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    Re: I'm talking to my wife in the waiting room. (Said & say and have & had)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    WE use either the present or the past, not both.
    Would you say that for this sentence - The doctor said that I have/had 20/20 vision, which I don't think is right. - I should change it to:

    The doctor says that I have 20/20 vision, which I don't think is right OR The doctor said that I had 20/20 vision, which I don't think is right.

    And this is wrong: The doctor said that I have 20/20 vision, which I don't think is right.
    Last edited by B45; 01-Apr-2014 at 20:32.

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    Re: I'm talking to my wife in the waiting room. (Said & say and have & had)

    They all need a comma after 'vision'. Apart from that, they are all possible, including the last one.

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    Re: I'm talking to my wife in the waiting room. (Said & say and have & had)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    WE use either the present or the past, not both.
    What about this sentence: Well, honey, the Doctor Gruber says/said that it's still too early to tell, so the only thing I can do right now is to wait it out.

    Should it be: Well, honey, Dr. Gruber said that it was still too early to tell, so the only thing I could do right now was to wait it out.

    or

    Might it be: Well, honey, Dr. Gruber says that it is still too early to tell, so the only thing I can do right now is to wait it out.

    All in one tense and not mixed tenses?
    Last edited by B45; 01-Apr-2014 at 20:43.

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    Re: I'm talking to my wife in the waiting room. (Said & say and have & had)

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    Would you say that for this sentence - The doctor said that I have/had 20/20 vision which I don't think is right. - I should change it to:

    The doctor says that I have 20/20 vision which I don't think is right OR The doctor said that I had 20/20 vision which I don't think is right.

    And this is wrong: The doctor said that I have 20/20 vision which I don't think is right.
    None of them is correct as written, punctuation is needed.

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    Re: I'm talking to my wife in the waiting room. (Said & say and have & had)

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    None of them is correct as written, punctuation is needed.
    Could you help me with the punctuation, as English is not my first language, and I hope I will progressively start to get better in my punctuation.

    Thank you.

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