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    looked or looks

    Hi guys,

    Please check these sentences,

    1 I didn't Sleep so that I would not miss My tv serial"

    2 I painted my house so that it looked beautiful"

    I am confused because I have been told that if we are writing or talking about past and in between if we want to depict a futute happening so we havr to use present. Please help.

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    #2

    Re: looked or looks

    Both of your sentences are possible, but "sleep" and "my" should not be capitalised.

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    #3

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    ...and 'TV' should.

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    #4

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    What about my 2 question?

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    #5

    Re: looked or looks

    1. I didn't sleep so that I would not miss my TV serial.

    2. I painted my house so that it would look beautiful.


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    #6

    Re: looked or looks

    But what about the usage of present tense while depicting future happening in past trnse. When we have to do this please explain. Read my post again the last portion. Can I also use "looks" in my 2 sentence?
    Last edited by tufguy; 01-Jun-2014 at 08:41.

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    But what about the usage of present tense while depicting future happening in past trnse. When we have to do this please explain. Read my post again the last portion. Can I also use "looks" in my 2 sentence?
    You've almost certainly misunderstood what you were told. Yes, you can use 'looks' in sentence 2. "Would look" is better.

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    Can I use "I do not miss my tv serial" in my first sentence. Could you please ellaborate this. I mean I want to understand it so that I do not make any mistake in future. Please explain. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: looked or looks

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Can I use "I do not miss my tv serial" in my first sentence. Could you please ellaborate this. I mean I want to understand it so that I do not make any mistake in future. Please explain. Thanks in advance.
    There's no question about whether you will make mistakes in future. You will. For example, Rover has told you that TV is capitalised, and that has made no difference.
    No you can't say, "1 I didn't Sleep so that I do not miss My tv serial". You can say what lotus said in #5.

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    #10

    Re: looked or looks

    OK so is it safer to use "Would" structure, if I am confused. Because I can't understand that if I can use present in 1 sentence then why not in 2 because yhey have almost same situation.

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