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    #1

    Until I got/Until I get

    When reporting somebody's directions should I use the present or the past tense of the verbs in bold? Are there any mistakes in the extract?

    He told me the way and I listened carefully to him. He explained that I had to carry on along the road towards Portsmouth, until I get down/got down a steep hill, then to take the turning to the left at the bottom of the hill...
    Last edited by englishhobby; 02-Oct-2014 at 07:05.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: Until I got/Until I get

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    He explained that I had to carry on along the road towards Portsmouth, until I get down/got down a steep hill,

    Well, "had to" and "got down" go together.

    Got to go! (I'm finished anyhow.)


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    Re: Until I got/Until I get

    Thank you for your time!
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-Oct-2014 at 11:55. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #4

    Re: Until I got/Until I get

    If the speaker has to do so regularly, for example going to the workplace, can the simple present be used as below?
    'He explained that I have to carry on along the road towards Portsmouth, until I get down a steep hill ...'

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    #5

    Re: Until I got/Until I get

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Thank you for your time!
    There is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you", or to quote our replies back to us. It makes us think there is new information or a follow-up question and we spend time opening the thread. Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful.



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    Re: Until I got/Until I get

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    If the speaker has to do so regularly, for example going to the workplace, can the simple present be used as below?
    'He explained that I have to carry on along the road towards Portsmouth, until I get down a steep hill ...'

    Not a teacher.
    Yes.

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