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    Is the second sentence the past version of the first?

    When I return home, she has been waiting for me since two hours ago.

    When I returned home, she had been waiting for me since two hours before.

    Is the second sentence the past version of the first? If not, how should I phrase the sentence?

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    Re: Is the second sentence the past version of the first?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    since two hours ago
    Some people deem it wrong to say so. 'For two hours' should be correct.

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    #3

    Re: Is the second sentence the past version of the first?

    When I got home, she'd (she had) been waiting for me for two hours.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is the second sentence the past version of the first?

    Thanks to both of you.

    Should I use "for" in the first sentence?

    When I got home, she has been waiting for me for two hours.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 29-Aug-2014 at 18:37.

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    #5

    Re: Is the second sentence the past version of the first?

    'Waiting' happened before 'got home', so the past perfect should be used instead of the present perfect.

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    Re: Is the second sentence the past version of the first?

    Sorry. There was a typo.

    I meant the first sentence, so it should be "When I return home, she has been waiting for me for two hours." Would this be preferred to the original sentence?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Is the second sentence the past version of the first?

    Are you talking about a habitual action? If not, then you sound like you are trying to use the literary trick of speaking in the present tense to tell a story.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: Is the second sentence the past version of the first?

    Thanks, emsr.

    It is a one-off situation.

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    Re: Is the second sentence the past version of the first?

    Then I would use the past tense.

    By the way, if you are going to use someone's username on the forum, please use the whole name. My username is "emsr2d2" for a reason. Abbreviating it to "emsr" doesn't make any sense. In case my avatar doesn't give it away, the most relevant part of it is "r2d2"!
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    Re: Is the second sentence the past version of the first?

    My apologies for not typing your username in full. I will do so in future.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 30-Aug-2014 at 08:21. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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