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    Unhappy Difficulties in understanding some exercises....Please help (exam today)

    Hello guys,
    I'm a student of Applied Linquistics of English and while studing to an exam today, I discovered a few things that I don't understand so far :

    1. In spite of our doubts, he seems to HAVE BEEN RIGHT.
    ( Why Pres. Perfect while "to seem" is in Present Simple? What's the meaning of Pres. Perf. in this sentence?
    Is In spite of our doubts, he seemed to have been right also correct? . )

    2. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6_...ew?usp=sharing : exercise " Write" : 2. why not "had told me"? 13. why is it 'were' and not "had been" or "have been"? 15. why is it " remembered "and not "have remembered"? 17. why is it "asked" and not "I've asked"? 18. why is it "waved" and not "was waving "?
    (does the fact that this exercises is a kind of a story/anegdote matter? )

    Thank you in advance guys, please forgive me, I'm just a beginner!!

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    Re: Difficulties in understanding some exercises....Please help (exam today)

    Quote Originally Posted by Marta_S View Post
    In spite of our doubts, he seems to HAVE BEEN RIGHT.
    ( Why Pres. Perfect while "to seem" is in Present Simple? What's the meaning of Pres. Perf. in this sentence?

    This is a perfect infinitive, not a present perfect. This form also as an infinitive for the present perfect, past perfect and past simple. The meaning of the sentence is "it seems that he was right".

    Is In spite of our doubts, he seemed to have been right also correct?
    Yes, though you have changed the time of the 'seeming'

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