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    #31

    Re: They said that it was/is a stolen phone so he'd/he'll have to...

    Quote Originally Posted by Starbreeze View Post
    "We're not all guys."
    I thought one could infer that the speaker isn't a guy either.
    No, that's not the case. "We" here simply means "All the users on the forum".

    As far as "guys" goes, I always recommend that my students avoid using it as it can be misinterpreted or people might assume they have made a language error. In my real life, however, I use "guys" a lot with my friends of both sexes. I wouldn't use it with a group of people I didn't know.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #32

    Re: They said that it was/is a stolen phone so he'd/he'll have to...

    "I am disgusted by the fact that she didn't tell me she is/was married before we started seeing each other." (Note- she's still married)




    I'm confused since I was told that it's better to keep the whole sentence in past. But doesn't 'was' make it sound like she was married but not anymore?

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    #33

    Re: They said that it was/is a stolen phone so he'd/he'll have to...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    I'm confused since I was told that it's better to keep the whole sentence in past. But doesn't 'was' make it sound like she was married but not anymore?
    Use "was". This is a common example of backshifting.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #34

    Re: They said that it was/is a stolen phone so he'd/he'll have to...

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Use "was". This is a common example of backshifting.
    I see. But doesn't saying "I am disgusted by the fact that she didn't tell me she was married before we started seeing each other" open it up to misinterpretation that she was married before but she's divorced now?

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    #35

    Re: They said that it was/is a stolen phone so he'd/he'll have to...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    I see. But doesn't saying "I am disgusted by the fact that she didn't tell me she was married before we started seeing each other" open it up to misinterpretation that she was married before but she's divorced now?
    No. If the woman had been married and had then divorced, your sentence would read "I am disgusted by the fact that she didn't tell me she had been married before we started seeing each other".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 28-Sep-2020 at 21:30. Reason: Fixed typo
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    #36

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. If the woman had been married and had then divorced, your sentence would read "I am disgusted by the fact that she didn't tell me she had been married before we started seeing each other".
    Wow! Thanks a lot. I think I'm going to post a question about this.

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    Good idea.

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