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    Can not edit my post

    I cannot edit my post here.
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...=1#post1571099

    I guess that there has been a change of edit function. This kind of edit could be made before.
    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

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    #2

    Re: Can not edit my post

    Posts can only be edited by the poster for 24 hours. Yours is a little older than that now.
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    Re: Can not edit my post

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Posts can only be edited by the poster for 24 hours. Yours is a little older than that now.
    Has this rule been made recently?
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    Re: Can not edit my post

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    Has this rule been made recently?
    I'm not sure but I think it was changed some time in the last year or so.
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    #5

    Re: Can not edit my post

    Spammers were editing posts that had been approved to add links.

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    #6

    Re: Can not edit my post

    PS What's the edit? I can do it for you.

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    #7

    Re: Can not edit my post

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Spammers were editing posts that had been approved to add links.
    Why did you use the past progressive here? Can the following apply to explain it?

    Practical English Usage 3rd ed.

    422.7


    With always, continually and similar words, the past progressive can be used for things that happened repeatedly and unexpectedly or in an unplanned way.

    Aunt Lucy was always turning up without warning and bringing us presents.

    I didn't like him - he was continually borrowing money.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    PS What's the edit? I can do it for you.
    Thank you. I have used a reply as an alternative method.
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    Re: Can not edit my post

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Spammers were editing posts that had been approved to add links.
    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    Why did you use the past progressive here?
    The past simple wouldn't work there because the editing was an ongoing, repeated, continuous process. If Tdol had used the past simple, the sentence would mean that the spammers had only committed the infraction once. That would hardly justify the new forum policy.
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    Re: Can not edit my post

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The past simple wouldn't work there because the editing was an ongoing, repeated, continuous process. If Tdol had used the past simple, the sentence would mean that the spammers had only committed the infraction once. That would hardly justify the new forum policy.
    I don't mean to annoy anyone, but I learned that the use of unreal past situations is if + past perfect; would have + past participle.

    So the blue parts are confusing me. If you don't mind, could you tell me your opinion?
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    Re: Can not edit my post

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    If Tdol had used the past simple, the sentence would mean that the spammers had only committed the infraction once.
    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    I don't mean to annoy anyone, but I learned that the use of unreal past situations is if + past perfect; would have + past participle.

    So the blue parts are confusing me. If you don't mind, could you tell me your opinion?
    As I wrote the above, I actually thought "Kadioguy's going to ask me why I used those tenses." You did not disappoint.

    It looks like the rule you learned applies to a somewhat different situation than what I faced. If I'd used would have + past participle, the "meaning" would have occurred only in the past. That's clearly not the case in my sentence; it would mean "spammers committed the infraction once" forever. I have a feeling this situation is also covered somewhere in your textbooks. As a native speaker, I've never learned these rules formally; I use them unconsciously.
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