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    #1

    Everybody give what they got

    Everybody give what they got.

    Please when do we use the present form of a verb and the past form of a verb in the same sentence?

    Please is it a right sentence to use? If yes please what
    does it mean?

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    #2

    Re: Everybody give what they got

    Your sentence almost certainly contains an imperative form rather than a present tense, but it is difficult to tell without more context. Where did you come across this sentence?

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    #3

    Re: Everybody give what they got

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Your sentence almost certainly contains an imperative form rather than a present tense, but it is difficult to tell without more context. Where did you come across this sentence?
    Please I got it from the English subtitle of a movie.
    Here's the full picture of the sentence :

    First we need some money to get started. Everyone give what they got. Wait, I still got some.

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    #4

    Re: Everybody give what they got

    It means something like Everyone should give what they have got.

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    #5

    Re: Everybody give what they got

    Please is it correct to use such a sentence and what tense form is recognised in the sentence?
    what other way can you put it?

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    #6

    Re: Everybody give what they got

    The character in the movie was not speaking grammatically.

    Tdol gave you a good alternative.

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    #7

    Re: Everybody give what they got

    In the US, it would be a natural (but ungrammatical) way of saying: Give what you have.

    We don't start sentences with "Please." Rather than saying "Please" at the beginning, say "Thank you" at the bottom of the post.

    We DO start sentences with capital letters!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #8

    Re: Everybody give what they got

    And the present tense is "you have/you've got", not "you got".

    As an imperative, it would be "Everyone, give what you've got".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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