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    #1

    It is not as bad as I (had) feared.

    Hey guys, I've got a question that's been bugging me for a long time. It is about tenses.

    Would I say - It is not as bad as I had feared
    or - It is not as bad as I feared

    It would be awesome if you guys helped me! Thanks!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 20-Dec-2016 at 10:38. Reason: Removed formatting to remove huge text

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    #2

    Re: It is not as bad as I (had) feared.

    Either sentence is possible. Which one to choose depends on the context.

    Both guys and gals populate the forum, so please don't address members as guys.
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    #3

    Re: It is not as bad as I (had) feared.

    'Guys' can be gender neutral, though some women, and men, might not like it.

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    #4

    Re: It is not as bad as I (had) feared.

    Raymott,
    "Guy" can be male.(Maybe I'm naive, please correct me)

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    #5

    Re: It is not as bad as I (had) feared.

    Guy is an informal term for a male. Some people use the plural form for males and females.

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    #6

    Re: It is not as bad as I (had) feared.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Guy is an informal term for a male. Some people use the plural form for males and females.
    A group of young women were discussing how the word "guys" is used. One of them pointed out that it can be used to refer to females in the aggregate. She reinforced her point by saying "Even guys do it!"
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