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    Present Progressive and Past Tense

    "I only hope you're better than the one they are sending you after".

    Why use present progressive tense here? I don't think "send" is an action which can last a long time... especially when you send only one man...

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    "Was there anything else you wanted?"

    The person said that was being polite or rude? I mean I understand using "would" or "could" clearly implies they are being polite, but "was ... wanted" sounds a bit weird to me...

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    Re: Present Progressive and Past Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Laudator View Post
    "I only hope you're better than the one they are sending you after".

    Why use present progressive tense here? I don't think "send" is an action which can last a long time... especially when you send only one man...
    Remember that we use the Present Progressive to describe an action that is happening now. They are sending you after a man now...regardless of how long it takes you to get there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Laudator View Post
    Also,

    "Was there anything else you wanted?"

    The person said that was being polite or rude? I mean I understand using "would" or "could" clearly implies they are being polite, but "was ... wanted" sounds a bit weird to me...
    The person is being quite polite. It's a common expression among those those that serve the public, like store clerks and food servers.

    Having said that, it's all in the delivery. How it's said determines the intention of the speaker.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 07-Dec-2016 at 09:09. Reason: Fixing formatting.

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    Re: Present Progressive and Past Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Laudator View Post
    "Was there anything else you wanted?"
    The so-called past tense in English can distance situations in time or in directness. It is the distancing in directness that can make utterances such as yours more diffident.

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    Re: Present Progressive and Past Tense

    I think the present progressive 'are sending' could refer to the near future.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Present Progressive and Past Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think the present progressive 'are sending' could refer to the near future.
    Well, in other cases, it might be. But in my case, I'm pretty sure it's not referring to near future. The above two guys gave me enough answers, so, thank you anyway.

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