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    Are both sentences correct?

    1. If I say "I put the things in the trunk", native British speakers will think that I have gone mad or that I have an elephant at home.

    2. If I said "I put the things in the trunk", native British speakers would think that I had gone mad or that I had an elephant at home.

    Are both sentences correct?

    Thanks iin advance.

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    Re: Are both sentences correct?

    Gone mad? Not necessarily. The automotive meaning of "trunk" probably derives from a name for a container used for storage.

    See meaning 9b here:
    trunk - definition of trunk by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.


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    Re: Are both sentences correct?

    Katz, you misunderstood him. Pay attention to words in bold.

    Anyway, I don't understand why it is ''had an elephant at home''. Why had?
    I mean, it is gramatically correct... :D

    But I would say:
    If I say "I put the things in the trunk", native British speakers will think that I had gone mad or that I hve an elephant at home.


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    Re: Are both sentences correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    1. If I say "I put the things in the trunk", native British speakers will think that I have gone mad or that I have an elephant at home.

    2. If I said "I put the things in the trunk", native British speakers would think that I had gone mad or that I had an elephant at home.

    Are both sentences correct?

    Thanks iin advance.
    that I HAVE gone mad or that I HAVE an elephant at home.


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    Re: Are both sentences correct?

    HUm... But, he HAD GONE mad before he SAID ''I put the things in the trunk''... :D

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    #6

    Re: Are both sentences correct?

    Hi Ben,

    I understood his grammar dilemma perfectly, just wanted to point out the ambiguity of his sentence.


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    Re: Are both sentences correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Katz View Post
    Hi Ben,

    I understood his grammar dilemma perfectly, just wanted to point out the ambiguity of his sentence.

    Just in case you've misunderstood me, car 'boot' (BrE), and 'trunk' (AmE)
    I'm focussing on the present tense and past tense verbs. Are the sentences in both tenses okay?

    Thanks.

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