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    Hi guys i am from turkey . İn our language turkish we have a tense to talk about actions we didnt see. I wonder if there is anything like this in English . Tehere are past tense s in English but is there any special tense for what i ask .. thank you for yuour help..

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    Quote Originally Posted by vahit View Post
    Hi, guys I am from Turkey. İn our language Turkish, we have a tense to talk about actions we didn't see. I wonder if there is anything like this in English. There are past tenses in English, but is there any special tense for what I am asking about? Thank you for your help.
    Hello Vahit, and welcome to the forum.
    Can you describe a context/give an example of that tense which describes actions you didn't see?

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    Hi.. in turkish if we saw the action happened in the past we say for example o ödevini yaptı. Meaning he did his homework.

    İf we didnt see we say o ödevini yapmis. We change the verb . I wonder what is it like in English... Please help thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by vahit View Post
    Hi, in Turkish, if we saw the an action that happened in the past, we say, for example, "o ödevini yaptı", meaning he did his homework.

    İf we didn't see the action, we say, "o ödevini yapmis." We change the verb. I wonder what is it like the equivalent might be in English. Please help. Thank you.
    I'm afraid I don't speak Turkish. When I used Google Translate, I got "he did his homework" for both your sentences above. Can you roughly translate the second into English? Does it mean that he did the homework but that you didn't witness that?

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    If we wish to make it clear that we did not see a past action, we cannot do it simply with the verb. We have to find some other way, such as:

    I hear he did his homework.
    They say he did his homework.
    He is said to have done his homework.
    He allegedly did his homework.
    He apparently did his homework.

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    Thankss for your help. The translation will do the same for both sentences. But piscean member answered my question thank you very much

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    Thank you piscean . Thank you all. I want to ask that if past perfect tense has anything with what i ask or it is just another past tense used to talk about former actions. Has past perfect tense anything with the actions that we see happened or we didnt see

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    I have another question . İt is ... I read a Lot of books last summer. One of the books was ....... Charles Dickens. Do we use by or of charles Dickens.by or of i dont get it. İt looks like both are true thanks for your help

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    One of them was written by Charles Dickens.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vahit View Post
    Thankss Thanks for your help. The translation will do gives the same for both sentences but Piscean member answered my question. Thank you very much.
    Quote Originally Posted by vahit View Post
    Thank you, Piscean . Thank you all. I want to ask that if the past perfect tense has anything to do with what I asked about or if it is just another past tense used to talk about former actions. Has Does the past perfect tense have anything to do with the actions that we see saw happened happen or those we didn't see?
    Quote Originally Posted by vahit View Post
    I have another question. İt is ...

    I read a lot of books last summer. One of the books was ....... Charles Dickens.

    Do we use "by" or "of" Charles Dickens? by or of i dont get it. İt looks like both are true correct. Thanks for your help.
    Note my corrections above. It is important to follow these rules of written English:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - Always capitalise the word "I" and all proper nouns (Charles Dickens, London, Istanbul, Microsoft etc.)
    - End every sentence with one, appropriate punctuation mark.

    I think you need to find a good grammar book or website and study the various past tenses in English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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