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    Grammar

    I saw this from a movie:
    When a guest arrives at a party, the hostess says:" I was glad you could come."

    I.Why does not the hostess use the present tense " I am glad you could come"?
    II. Does it mean in this case the past tense is more polite than the present tense?
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    Re: Grammar

    We would need the full setting of the scene to answer that. It could relate to something that happened before the party.

    Normally "I am" would be the tense.

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    Re: Grammar

    Thank you.
    When we ask sb's job, can we say" what did you do", not " what do you do?"
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    Re: Grammar

    Only if you are asking about what work they used to do {maybe they have retired}. If they are working now, you have to ask "What do you do?"

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