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    was to have

    "When I was as old as seventeen I've sat up late at night with my tongue hanging out of my mouth, practising copperplate by the little oil-lamp on the bedroom table."

    Hello, everyone. In the above sentence, why was there a switch from the past tense (was) to the present (have)?


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    Re: was to have

    Quote Originally Posted by spenser View Post
    "When I was as old as seventeen I've sat up late at night with my tongue hanging out of my mouth, practising copperplate by the little oil-lamp on the bedroom table."

    Hello, everyone. In the above sentence, why was there a switch from the past tense (was) to the present (have)?
    I don't particularly like this sentence either but then who am I to criticize George Orwell's book "Coming up for Air".

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