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    #1

    Usages of tenses

    Here is a case. When I am back home from office, I see my kid playing with toys. I'd like to know what about the homework, so I can ask as:

    1. Did you finish your homework?

    2. Do you finish your homework?

    3. Have you finished your homework?

    Which of them is correct or all work well? How do they function differently?
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    Re: Usages of tenses

    #1 is OK.

    #2 is wrong.

    #3 is what I would say.

    Please note that a better title would have been Did you finish your homework?

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'


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    #3

    Re: Usages of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    #1 is OK.#2 is wrong.#3 is what I would say.Please note that a better title would have been Did you finish your homework?'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'
    I really appreciate your help, sir. I agree with you on #3, and I am clear with #1, but I still have no idea what is wrong with #2 even if I have kept it excluded. Let's make a discussion over this topic with a change; I get three sentences in different tenses whose similar examples were presented by me in an earlier post:1. He finished his homework.2. He finishes his homework.3. He has finished his homework.Frankly speaking, I could understand why #1 and #3 work well, but I am at a loss when a sentence such as #2 is given. And such sentences are often quoted in Chinese Primary school and Junior high school text books. The above mentioned tenses are always taught in China's grammars with piles of examples, but I don't think any of them has succeeded in giving explicitly explanations.
    Last edited by xxwzs; 02-Oct-2014 at 17:45. Reason: Paragraphing failure---why?

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    #4

    Re: Usages of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by xxwzs View Post
    2. He finishes his homework.
    It should be correct to say 'He often/seldom finishes his homework on time.'

    Quote Originally Posted by xxwzs View Post
    China's grammars
    Although I am Chinese, I would not put much trust in grammars written by the Chinese.

    Not a teacher.

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