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    When to use is obtained/was obtained?

    Can anyone pls advise me when to use is/was obtained?

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    #2

    Re: When to use is obtained/was obtained?

    When you speak about obtaining something in the present or past tense.

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    Re: When to use is obtained/was obtained?

    Hi,

    it is in the past and still continuing. I have read before, there are people that wrote... is obtained? I am confuse when should I use... is obtained and was obtained cause what am I trying to say ...happened in the past?

    Thanks.

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    Re: When to use is obtained/was obtained?

    Quote Originally Posted by minn View Post
    it is in the past and still continuing.
    Should the present perfect, has been obtained, be used?

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    #5

    Re: When to use is obtained/was obtained?

    Give an example sentence. We can't possibly help you otherwise.

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    Re: When to use is obtained/was obtained?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Should the present perfect, has been obtained, be used?
    Possibly- there's no context here to say.

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    Re: When to use is obtained/was obtained?

    Hi,

    Example of the sentences are..." The technique for obtaining data for the study are obtained from the ..." and " A quantitative research approach is used to examine therelationship among the variables." Is this correct?

    Or should I used were obtained and was used???

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    Last edited by minn; 15-Aug-2014 at 01:13.

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    #8

    Re: When to use is obtained/was obtained?

    The second is fine. The first should be singular, and the past makes more sense to me.
    Last edited by Tdol; 18-Aug-2014 at 09:23. Reason: Typo

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    Re: When to use is obtained/was obtained?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The second if fine. The first should be singular, and the past makes more sense to me.
    Why can't I use was used???
    I don't really understand when you comment on the first sentence. Is it ...is obtained??? Why I can't I use was obtained, instead of is obtained???

    I am confused when should I used was/were + past tense and is/are + past tense???


    Pls Advise me!!!

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    Re: When to use is obtained/was obtained?

    You are confusing past tense and the third form of the verb, which is used to make the passive.

    The technique is obtained - you get it over and over again.
    The technique was obtained - you got it once in the past. You don't continually obtain something.

    Often in describing a study, the present tense is used to describe the approach.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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