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    No one knows how it is supposed to work. -> present tense

    Have I assigned the tenses to the sentences correctly?
    1. No one knows how it is supposed to work. -> present tense
    2. No one knows how it shall work. -> present tense
    3. No one knows how it should work. -> past tense

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    Re: No one knows how it is supposed to work. -> present tense

    I think 'is supposed to work' and 'should work' refer to the present while 'worked' refers to the past. I would not use 'shall work'.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Sep-2017 at 13:49.
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    Re: No one knows how it is supposed to work. -> present tense

    Okay. Let me repeat all this.

    1. No one knows how it is supposed to work. -> present tense
    2. No one knows how it shall work. -> tense of no interest since the sentence itself is wrong
    3. No one knows how it should work. -> present tense
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Sep-2017 at 13:49. Reason: Removed strange boxes around sentences

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    Re: No one knows how it is supposed to work. -> present tense

    Sentence #2 is not wrong! It's just that "will" is much more common than "shall".

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    Re: No one knows how it is supposed to work. -> present tense

    Okay. All once again.

    1. No one knows how it is supposed to work. -> present tense
    2. No one knows how it shall work. -> future tense, but uncommon
    3. No one knows how it will work. -> future tense, common
    4. No one knows how it should work. -> present tense
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Sep-2017 at 16:50. Reason: Removed boxes around sentences again!

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    Re: No one knows how it is supposed to work. -> present tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Ungifted View Post
    2. No one knows [now] how it shall work [in future].
    3. No one knows [now] how it will work [in future].
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