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    Cool Before + present or past

    Hello,

    Can you tell me wich form of "give" is better here, please?

    In addition, can you tell me if the whole sentence is correct, please.

    "Last week, we still had class even though you couldn't come because we needed to work on the part "how to handle questions" before John gives his presentation next week/ John gave his presentation next week.


    Thank you very much for your help.

    Will

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    Re: Before + present or past

    If it is next week, use gives.

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    Re: Before + present or past

    You could also use the subjunctive 'gave'. "We had to work on it before John gave his presentation." When you add "next week", 'gives' sounds much better.
    Compare: "I had to be immunized before I flew to South America." This is OK even if I'm flying to South America next week. Many languages use the subjunctive after this usage of 'before'. English still uses it optionally.

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    Re: Before + present or past

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You could also use the subjunctive 'gave'. "We had to work on it before John gave his presentation." When you add "next week", 'gives' sounds much better.
    Compare: "I had to be immunized before I flew to South America." This is OK even if I'm flying to South America next week. Many languages use the subjunctive after this usage of 'before'. English still uses it optionally.
    Thank you very much for your replies.

    Can you tell if the use of "still" and "even though" in the same sentence is OK?

    Thanks a lot.
    Will

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    Re: Before + present or past

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Can you tell if the use of "still" and "even though" in the same sentence is OK?
    Yes it is.

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