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    #1

    ...before it happens/happened

    "Presume" means to be sure of something before it happened. When you presume, you suppose something without proof, based on probability.

    Shouldn't it be "happens" instead? If it is not so, please let me know the reason.

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    Re: ...before it happens/happened

    It should be 'happens'.
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