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    Got or gets

    Please tell me if she got the book from you.

    Please tell me if she gets the book from you.

    Is it possiblw to use both?

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    Re: Got or gets

    I thought

    1.) Got - used after she got the book
    2.) Gets- used before she gets the book

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    Re: Got or gets

    The second is possible in a dialogue such as this:

    Sarah: My friend Helen needs to borrow the French textbook this weekend.
    Jane: Would you like me to lend mine to her?
    Sarah: Possibly, but I might lend her my copy if I don't need it this weekend.
    Jane: OK, please tell me if she gets the book from you.
    Sarah: Of course!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Got or gets

    In that scenario, can I also use got?

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    Re: Got or gets

    No.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Got or gets

    Quote Originally Posted by hatgray View Post
    In that scenario, can I also use "got"?
    Always mark words and text you're asking about by setting it in italics or surrounding it with quotation marks as I've done above. This is required in English.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Got or gets

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I can't think of a natural context for the second.
    If she comes to collect it from you?

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    Re: Got or gets

    Why not use “got”?

    What if you want to be informed after she gets the book from the friend.

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    Re: Got or gets

    Quote Originally Posted by hatgray View Post
    Why not use “got”?
    Because the past tense does not refer to the future.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Got or gets

    But isn’t it like conditional 2?

    We use the past form for things in the future.

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