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    #1

    Since her childhood she was very patient

    One of my students wrote in her essay:
    Jane Eyre is the main character of the novel. Since her childhood she was very patient.

    Is it correct to use the past simple here? (Since ... she was ...).
    Last edited by englishhobby; 03-Oct-2016 at 20:39.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Since her childhood she was very patient

    The short answer is no. However, it's not clear what your student was trying to say.

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    Re: Since her childhood she was very patient

    She was very patient from her childhood on.

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    Re: Since her childhood she was very patient

    I was also thinking of something like "She was patient throughout her (entire) life", but I wasn't sure if that was what the OP intended.

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    Re: Since her childhood she was very patient

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    One of my students wrote in her essay:
    Jane Eyre is the main character of the novel. Since her childhood she was has been very patient.

    Is it correct to use the past simple here? (Since ... she was ...).
    No, replace "was" with "has been".

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