# Thread: How to combine three tenses ?

1. ## How to combine three tenses ?

Teacher, suppose that I have this situation:

In the past, he supported the group. (1)
At present, he still supports the group. (2)
In the future, he will still support the group. (3)

So, can I say "He was and is and will be a stalwart supporter of the group" ? If not, is there another way to say it ? I want a sentence that includes the three ideas (1), (2), (3). So, please don't advice me to use such sentences like "He's a long time supporter" or "He's iron-clad supporter".

2. ## Re: How to combine three tenses ?

It's fine, though I would say 'He was, is and always will be'

3. ## Three times ...

I really like your question; I think that it shows a further thinking.
I believe that you may say that he is the ultimate supporter of the team despite you don't feel like, cause that is what he is.
Dafna.

4. ## Re: Three times ...

Originally Posted by dafufit
I really like your question; I think that it shows a further thinking.
I believe that you may say that he is the ultimate supporter of the team despite you don't feel like, cause that is what he is.
Dafna.
One can also say "he always was and always will be". The present is not needed there.

5. ## Re: How to combine three tenses ?

Thanks a lot, teachers.

BTW, can I say "He did, does and always will support the group" ?

6. ## Re: How to combine three tenses ?

Yes, though you can also say 'he always has and always will'.

7. ## Re: How to combine three tenses ?

Originally Posted by Tdol
Yes, though you can also say 'he always has and always will'.
GMTA!

8. ## Re: How to combine three tenses ?

Can we say: he has been supporting the team since..........., and will continuely to do so ?

9. ## Re: How to combine three tenses ?

Originally Posted by Ann L.
Can we say: he has been supporting the team since..........., and will continuely to do so ?
Close.

"and will continue to do so."

10. ## Re: How to combine three tenses ?

Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
Close.

"and will continue to do so."
oh, thank you so much, Mike.

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