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    • Join Date: Jul 2005
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    #1

    tenses

    Hi,

    could you please check the tenses in this sentence:

    He will be deemed to be in default if he joined any firm, company or consortium despite knowing that these entities provide/provided/had provided/were providing services to EU customers.

    Thanks a lot!

    Hanka


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    #2

    Re: tenses

    I would use either "provide" or "were providing", and possibly "provided".

    Definitely not "had provided" unless there is a context in which the past provision affects something within the contract.


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    #3

    Re: tenses

    And when I say "were providing" - does it mean that they do not provide the services now or does it just say that they provided the services at that time and may or may not provide them now?


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    #4

    Re: tenses

    The second - the person cited knew at the time of joining another company that this company was providing these services. It does not indicate whether it is still the situation or not.

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