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    Whenever I have (had) free time over the past weeks...

    I have a feeling that the present perfect tense should be used because it is done over the past two weeks but I have read somewhere that the present tense suffices in subordinating clauses, so which is right?

    a) Whenever I have free time over the past weeks....
    b) Whenever I have had free time over the past weeks...

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    Re: Whenever I have (had) free time over the past weeks...

    No, "a" does not work. You could say "whenever I had time..."

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