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    • Join Date: Jul 2006
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    problems

    1. Suppose it's monday (school day), and I ask my friends if they know they will have any tests this week. Should I ask:"Do you have any tests this week?" Or "Will you have any tests this week?" If it's wednesday already, but I want to know the same thing from my other friends, (I don't care about if they have already taken some exams, but if they have some exams this week) can I still use the present tense? or past.....?

    2. In news, it usually says: Someone dies at 83. Why they used 'dies', not 'died'? Also, there are some other things which have already happened, but they used present tense.

    thanks for help.

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    • Join Date: Sep 2003
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    #2

    Re: problems

    On Monday
    Do/Will you have any tests this week?

    On Wednesday
    Did you have any tests this week so far?
    => Meaning, on Monday and Tuesday.

    DO/Will you have any tests from here on in?
    => Meaning, on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, ...

    In the news
    Someone dies at age 83. <simple present = a fact>
    Somone died at age 83 (yesterday). <simple past = definite time>


    Does that help?

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