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  1. B45
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    I'm asking the store clerk a question. She replies with we close in 20 minutes. The

    I'm asking the store clerk a question. She replies with "we close in 20 minutes." Then I say:

    I thought this place stays open until midnight.

    VS

    I thought this place stayed open until midnight.

    And

    I thought this place closes at midnight.

    VS

    I thought this place closed at midnight.

    And

    I checked online and the website says this place is open until midnight.

    Or

    I checked online and the website says this place stays open until midnight.

    Are all grammatically correct?
    Last edited by B45; 11-Aug-2014 at 17:45.

  2. B45
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    Re: I'm asking the store clerk a question. She replies with we close in 20 minutes.

    Can someone please answer this before it falls off the page?

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    Re: I'm asking the store clerk a question. She replies with we close in 20 minutes.

    They are all acceptable.

    (Are you sure the time wasn't 11.40pm?)

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    Re: I'm asking the store clerk a question. She replies with we close in 20 minutes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    They are all acceptable.

    (Are you sure the time wasn't 11.40pm?)
    What do you mean by that?
    (Are you sure the time wasn't 11.40pm?)

    Also, isn't the very first one wrong?

    I thought this place stays open until midnight. - stays should be stayed because it follows thought. No?

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    Re: I'm asking the store clerk a question. She replies with we close in 20 minutes.

    No. The thought was in the past. The current practice could be in the present.

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    Re: I'm asking the store clerk a question. She replies with we close in 20 minutes.

    If the time was 11.40pm, the clerk would be right to say 'We close in 20 minutes'.

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    Re: I'm asking the store clerk a question. She replies with we close in 20 minutes.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    No. The thought was in the past. The current practice could be in the present.
    Yes, but she already said they would be closing at midnight, so shouldn't it be stayed instead of stays?

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    Re: I'm asking the store clerk a question. She replies with we close in 20 minutes.

    I am not a teacher.

    I would use the second alternative that you gave in each case. Stayed, closed, stays.

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    Re: I'm asking the store clerk a question. She replies with we close in 20 minutes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    Yes, but she already said they would be closing at midnight, so shouldn't it be stayed instead of stays?
    When did she say it closed at midnight? You said you found that information online but that all she said to you was "We close in 20 minutes". Can you give us the actual dialogue please.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I'm asking the store clerk a question. She replies with we close in 20 minutes.

    I walk into the store and see the store clerk behind the counter and went up to her and said:

    "I checked online and it says you guy close in half in hour is that true?"

    She says, "We close in 20 minutes at midnight."

    I say, "I thought online says you guys stayed/stays open later than that."

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