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    understand? understood?

    "Do you hear me? Don't kill people again. Understand?"
    "Understood!"

    Why people always say that past tense "understood" not "understand"?

    Can someone explain to me,
    thank a lot.

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    Re: understand? understood?

    To figure it out, you have to add the implicit tenses to the verbs. The tenses are omitted in your example because of extreme contraction in colloquial speech.

    "Understand?" is a contraction of "Do you understand?"

    The reply "Understood" is a contraction of "I have understood."

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    Re: understand? understood?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    The reply "Understood" is a contraction of "I have understood."
    Could it be a contraction of 'It is understood'?

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    Re: understand? understood?

    No. Incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: understand? understood?

    It could, Matthew. If the question is "Is it understood?"

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    #6

    Re: understand? understood?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Could it be a contraction of 'It is understood'?
    Sure. The point is that tense is needed in English. There may be more than one tense/grammatical form that is appropriate.

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