I think the present tense would be better.
Student or Learner
I'm confused by the B's answer in the following conversation.
Why does B use past simple tense in "I didn't have any big plans"?
Could he or she say "I don't have any big plans"?
If so, what is the difference?
A: Hey, Robert, what are you doing this weekend?
B: I didn't have any big plans.
But I also noticed the past simple tense was used a lot.
Another sentense - "let's have a plan."
I believe the word "have" here means "make". It's an action verb.
So I guess maybe the "have" in B's answer also means "make".
So "I didn't have any plans" = "I didn't make any plans". Is it possible?
I know native speakers tend to use past tenses to express politeness. Is it possible B's answer is a polite satement?
I'm looking forward to your answer.
Thanks in advance!
Last edited by ChrisZhao; 08-May-2015 at 01:34.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
It seems I still have a long way to go to be able to feel the politeness from the past tenses.
Thank you very much!