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    Present Perfect and Present in one sentence

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the possibility of using two different tenses in the following sentence?

    “You have loved her from a child, my friend, - you loved her when we were boys at school together.” (Dickens)

    In my natural language we will express our statement in two detached sentences.


    For example:


    "Have you seen him?"
    "Yes, I have."


    "I saw him engaged in a lively conversation."


    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.


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    Re: Present Perfect and Present in one sentence

    'You have loved her from a child, my friend. You loved her when we were boys at school together, and, even then, she was wayward and slighted your young feelings.

    They are two sentences. You also need to take cognizance of the whole to see why the shift in the reference point and hence shift in tense.
    Last edited by David L.; 29-Aug-2008 at 10:29.

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