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  1. denismurs's Avatar
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    #1

    A mistake in the sentence.

    Hello,

    The sentence is:

    "After trying several times we could finally get tickets for the show."

    I think the mistake is with "could", because in time clause with future meaning, in this case there is the word "after", we should use Present Simple. Am I right?

    So it should be:

    "After trying several times we can finally get tickets for the show."

    Denis.

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    #2

    Re: A mistake in the sentence.

    You're right; could is wrong.
    will/would/shall/should/: they're not quite right, so I think your can is good.
    (Present Simple- I'm not sure. It's still got the word get afterwards, hasn't it? And the getting may still be in the future as the sentence is spoken.)
    Anyway, here's another suggestion, "After trying several times we finally managed to get tickets." Now it's all in the past.

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    #3

    Re: A mistake in the sentence.

    I am not a teacher.

    I would say, 'After trying several times we finally got tickets for the show'.

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