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    Past Tense

    Dear Teacher,

    I am always confused with use of past tense in following cases :-

    1) We often use sentences like " he is excited , am i allowed ? ". Now in this case "is" auxillary verb used in present tense is combined with past tense. Which rule is applied here. When to use it ?
    2) Some past tense verb like "got" is used as " got to know each other " - in this know is present tense and " got confused" where confused is a past tense .
    3) Is it allowed to use 2 past tense of verb form in one senetence like " got confused" or " my uncle was expired "


    Awaiting the reply at the ealiest.

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    Re: Past Tense

    When you say I am allowed, you are not using the past tense. You have the present tense of the verb to be followed by the past participle. The past participle can be used with the different tenses.

    2 You are probably thinking of have got to know each other- sometimes the word have is hard to hear or omitted in conversation.

    3 Got confused is OK. The second doesn't work.

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    Re: Past Tense

    Thanks for reply. Kindly further clarify where the present tense of auxillary verb is used with past participle. Which grammar rule apply?

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    Re: Past Tense

    Try not to think of the past participle as showing past time.

    I was/am/will be allowed

    All of these are correct- the time is shown by the verb be.

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    Re: Past Tense

    ...and please learn about "the passive voice": http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/v...ce_passive.htm

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    Re: Past Tense

    I am not a teacher.

    It might be helpful to think of "confused" and "excited" as adjectives.

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