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    #1

    I hear you passed your exams.

    Im a little confuse with this sentence:
    'Congratulations! I hear you passed your exams.'
    Why is 'pass' in the past tense if 'hear' is in the present tense?

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    Re: I hear you passed your exams.

    Quote Originally Posted by DanielG View Post
    I'm a little confused with by this sentence:

    'Congratulations! I hear you passed your exams.'

    Why is 'pass' in the past tense if 'hear' is in the present tense?
    Has somebody told you that every verb in a sentence must be in the same tense? Forget it; it's not true.

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    Re: I hear you passed your exams.

    You could also say 'I heard'. Using the present tense suggests that the news is still current.

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