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    come to expect

    Hello, is the expression "come to expect" always the same in every tense?

    For example, I came across this sentence in an exam book: We have "come to expect" that all news will be at the touch of a button.

    I thought that the correct way of using that phrase would be: We have came to expect that....

    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: come to expect

    You cannot use "came" after "have".

    Depending on context, you can use "came to expect", "have come to expect", "had come to expect".
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 30-Apr-2014 at 22:10. Reason: correcting my error

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    Re: come to expect

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    You cannot use "came" after "have". After an auxiliary verb, we use the base form of the verb.

    Depending on context, you can use "came to expect", "have come to expect", "had come to expect".
    But, is not present perfect? Like "We have tried to do our best".

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    Re: come to expect

    Don't forget that not all verbs are constructed in the same way in different tenses.

    I come
    I came
    I have come

    I try
    I tried
    I have tried.

    "To come" is an irregular verb.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: come to expect

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Don't forget that not all verbs are constructed in the same way in different tenses.

    I come
    I came
    I have come

    I try
    I tried
    I have tried.

    "To come" is an irregular verb.
    Oh my! I would have bet everything I have that the past participle of "come" was "came"!

    Thank you

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    #6

    Re: come to expect

    Sorry, I made an error. With present and past perfect we use the past participle, not the base form. In this case the form is the same, but my posting was incorrect.

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    Re: come to expect

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Sorry, I made an error. With present and past perfect we use the past participle, not the base form. In this case the form is the same, but my posting was incorrect.
    Don't worry Mike, although I racked my brain trying to figure out what you meant.

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    Re: come to expect

    I was doing two things at one time, so I only had a half a brain.

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