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    I read from a grammar book that words like 'love','hate' can be used both in past form and present form without changing meaning. For expamle:
    A,'Do you hate me?'
    B,' I hate/hated you.'

    Is it true? Please.

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    Re: words

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    I read from a grammar book that words like 'love','hate' can be used both in past form and present form without changing meaning. For expamle:
    A,'Do you hate me?'
    B,' I hate/hated you.'

    Is it true? Please.
    If you use them with 'used to', for example "I used to love you".
    "I used to hate eating green vegetables when I was a child".

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    Re: words

    A,'Do you hate me?'
    B,' I hated you.'

    Does it mean that B doesn't hate A any more? Please.

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    Re: words

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    A,'Do you hate me?'
    B,' I hated you.'

    Does it mean that B doesn't hate A any more? Please.
    It means that B hated A in the past. B used to hate A.

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    Re: words

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    A,'Do you hate me?'
    B,' I hated you.'

    Does it mean that B doesn't hate A any more? Please.
    Probably, but you'd need to hear the intonation in B's voice.
    Imagine / an increase in pitch, \ a decrease.
    I / hated \ you. This would tend to mean B doesn't hate A any more.
    I \ hated you _ could mean B still hates A (for something A did, and which B is referring to)
    But your conversation would not occur in real life without some adverbs or other context.

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    Re: words

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    I read from a grammar book that words like 'love','hate' can be used both in past form and present form without changing meaning. For expamle:
    A,'Do you hate me?'
    B,' I hate/hated you.'

    Is it true? Please.
    I think Past Tense and Present Tense are completely different
    "I hate you" means I hate you now or I have never liked you
    "I hated you" means I used to hate you but now I don't hate you any more

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