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    Tom is grateful that he is/has been/was admitted to the school.

    (My sentences)

    a. Tom is grateful that he is (now) admitted to the school.

    b. Tom is grateful that he has been admitted to the school.

    c. Tom is grateful that he was admitted to the school.

    d. Tom is grateful to be admitted to the school.

    (The context: Tom has just got an e-mail with permission from the school.)

    Which ones do you think are correct and natural? I am not sure about (a).
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    Re: Tom is grateful that he is/has been/was admitted to the school.

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    (My sentences)

    a. Tom is grateful that he is (now) admitted to the school.

    b. Tom is grateful that he has been admitted to the school.

    c. Tom is grateful that he was admitted to the school.

    d. Tom is grateful to be admitted to the school.

    (The context: Tom has just got an e-mail with permission from the school.)

    Which ones do you think are correct and natural? I am not sure about (a).
    Hi, Kadio -

    I'm not as picky about verb forms as some of the other advisors here. To me, they all make sense.

    My favorite is b.

    Let's see what others think.
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    Re: Tom is grateful that he is/has been/was admitted to the school.

    Hi, members

    If you don't mind, could you please join this discussion?
    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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    Re: Tom is grateful that he is/has been/was admitted to the school.

    They're all grammatical and natural but they obviously have different uses, since they use different tenses.

    Which one is best depends on exactly what you want to focus on—present, past, or future.

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    Re: Tom is grateful that he is/has been/was admitted to the school.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    They're all grammatical and natural but they obviously have different uses, since they use different tenses.

    Which one is best depends on exactly what you want to focus on—present, past, or future.
    jutfrank, could you please tell me in what use you think of (a) is grammatical and natural? (This is definitely the last question of the thread, please. )
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    Re: Tom is grateful that he is/has been/was admitted to the school.

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    jutfrank, could you please tell me in what use you think of (a) is grammatical and natural?
    (a) and (b) are much the same, since they both use the present tense to talk about Tom's current state.

    I agree with the others that (b) is a more likely utterance. I can't easily think of a context where (a) would be preferable.

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    Re: Tom is grateful that he is/has been/was admitted to the school.

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    (My sentences)

    a. Tom is grateful that he is (now) admitted to the school.

    b. Tom is grateful that he has been admitted to the school.

    c. Tom is grateful that he was admitted to the school.

    d. Tom is grateful to be admitted to the school.

    (The context: Tom has just got an e-mail with permission from the school.)

    Which ones do you think are correct and natural? I am not sure about (a).
    I prefer b, c, and d in that order.

    (I think you mean he got a notice, not permission.)
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    Re: Tom is grateful that he is/has been/was admitted to the school.

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    (My sentences)

    a. Tom is grateful that he is (now) admitted to the school. - implies that the admission happens now or today

    b. Tom is grateful that he has been admitted to the school. - refers to the period of time since Tom was admitted to school

    c. Tom is grateful that he was admitted to the school. - refers to the specific instance/event of Tom being admitted to the school

    d. Tom is grateful to be admitted to the school. - a general statement which is not time-specific about Tom's admission

    (The context: Tom has just got an e-mail with permission from the school.)

    Which ones do you think are correct and natural? I am not sure about (a).
    The above are my interpretations of the sentences.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Tom is grateful that he is/has been/was admitted to the school.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    The above are my interpretations of the sentences.
    Could you please help me with the last question? How can I understand the happen being in the present simple (rather than in the past)?
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    a. Tom is grateful that he is (now) admitted to the school. - implies that the admission happens now or today
    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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    Re: Tom is grateful that he is/has been/was admitted to the school.

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    a. Tom is grateful that he is (now) admitted to the school.
    I wouldn't worry about that one. The sentence is very unlikely. I can't think of a context where you might use it.
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