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    #1

    have garnered or garnered?

    Which tense shall I use here? "...utilizing the extensive experience they have garnered in the last decade in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan."

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    #2

    Re: have garnered or garnered?

    Again — please write a complete sentence.

    Our answer depends on what comes before that.

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    #3

    Re: have garnered or garnered?

    I thought it would be enough. "I strongly believe that our servicemen will fulfill their mission with dignity and high professionalism also utilizing the extensive experience they have garnered in the last decade in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan."

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    #4

    Re: have garnered or garnered?

    'We use the Present Perfect to show that something started in the past and has continued up until now'── quoted from http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/presentperfect.html
    So I think the present perfect should be used in your sentence.

    Not a teacher.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 24-Sep-2014 at 12:25. Reason: typo

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    #5

    Re: have garnered or garnered?

    Matthew is correct.

    If the sentence had begun 'Our servicemen fulfilled their mission...' it would have continued '...utilising the experience they garnered (or 'had garnered')...

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    #6

    Re: have garnered or garnered?

    I feel there's something wrong with the '[...] also utilizing [...]' part.
    I think it should be something like 'I strongly believe that our servicemen will fulfill their mission with dignity and high professionalism, and also by utilizing the extensive experience they have garnered in the last decade in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.'

    Is the original sentence fine as it is?
    Thank you.

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    #7

    Re: have garnered or garnered?

    It's OK. I would improve it by adding a comma after 'professionalism' and deleting 'also'.

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    #8

    Re: have garnered or garnered?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It's OK. I would improve it by adding a comma after 'professionalism' and deleting 'also'.
    Thank you, Rover.
    That's another possibility I was thinking of.

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