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    I've been thinking and another question has popped up in my head.

    Hi. Could you please tell me which tense should be used here?
    I've been thinking and another question has popped up in my head.
    I've been thinking and another question popped up in my head.
    Much obliged.

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    Re: I've been thinking and another question has popped up in my head.

    They are both OK.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: I've been thinking and another question has popped up in my head.

    I was afraid that past simple may suggest that the question emerged in my head earlier than I started thinking.

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    Re: I've been thinking and another question has popped up in my head.

    Quote Originally Posted by andi harper View Post
    I was afraid that past simple may suggest that the question emerged in my head earlier than I started thinking.
    No, it doesn't.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I've been thinking and another question has popped up in my head.

    Are you sure?

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    Re: I've been thinking and another question has popped up in my head.

    I am sure.
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    Re: I've been thinking and another question has popped up in my head.

    To suggest that the question popped up earlier than the thinking started, the whole sentence would need to be changed and would probably include a "cause and effect" implication.

    I was thinking because a question had popped into my head.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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