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    Can I talk the past and the future in one sentence?

    I don't know if I can talk about the past and the future in one sentence.

    If he was a manager, he will get an new job interview.(HR is just guessing, they require that the man should have been a manager)

    Or:

    If he has been a manager, he will get an new job interview.

    Thanks so much!

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    Re: Can I talk the past and the future in one sentence?

    Your sentences are possible except for the 'an' before 'new'.

    You have a comma splice in your bracketed sentence.

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    Re: Can I talk the past and the future in one sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    I don't know if I can talk about the past and the future in one sentence.
    If you've done it before, you'll probably do it again.

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    Re: Can I talk the past and the future in one sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Your sentences are possible except for the 'an' before 'new'.

    You have a comma splice in your bracketed sentence.
    Thanks so much for your help!

    In this way, I can say"I prepared some food before he leaves tomorrow"

    Am I right?

    Thanks so much!

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    Re: Can I talk the past and the future in one sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    In this way, I can say"I prepared some food before he leaves tomorrow"

    Am I right?
    I'm afraid that one doesn't work (even if you add the period that's required at the end of a declarative sentence). You could, however, say "I prepared some food for the trip he's taking tomorrow."
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Can I talk the past and the future in one sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I'm afraid that one doesn't work (even if you add the period that's required at the end of a declarative sentence). You could, however, say "I prepared some food for the trip he's taking tomorrow."
    But that is why, we can say " If he was a manager, he will get a chance to take an interview tomorrow".

    We can't say :He prepared some food before he leaves.

    Thanks so much!

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    Re: Can I talk the past and the future in one sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    But that is why, why is that we can say " If he was a manager, he will get a chance to take an interview tomorrow" and not "He prepared some food before he leaves"?

    We can't say :He prepared some food before he leaves.

    Thanks so much!
    The first is a hypothetical or imaginery sentence which didn't happen.
    The second is a statement of what happened. The mix of past and present tense does not work.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Can I talk the past and the future in one sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    The first is a hypothetical or imaginery sentence which didn't happen..
    If you are talking about " If he was a manager, he will get a chance to take an interview tomorrow", there is a distinct possibility that he was a manager. Indeed, depending on context, the speaker may know for certain that he was a manager. In that case he will get an interview.

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    Re: Can I talk the past and the future in one sentence?

    Note the correct spelling of "imagina​ry".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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