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    Past or Present

    If I want to tell someone that the food (be) delicious after I even just swallow it a second ago what tense should I use is or was?


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    Re: Past or Present

    If that was the last swallow:

    "That was delicious/superb/scrumptious."

    If you are still eating (anywhere from after the first swallow to before the last swallow), then:
    "This is delicious/superb/scrumptious."


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    Re: Past or Present

    What situation should I use You're defeated and You were defeated? Isn't we suppose to use were defeated because it's already finished? but sometimes I've seen you're defeated too so I'm not sure when to use it.


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    Re: Past or Present

    Quote Originally Posted by Supachoke View Post
    What situation should I use You're defeated and You were defeated? Isn't we suppose to use were defeated because it's already finished? but sometimes I've seen you're defeated too so I'm not sure when to use it.


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    'You're defeated' is wrong. If you want it to have a present effect, use present perfect; 'You have been defeated.'


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    Re: Past or Present

    'You're defeated' is wrong.
    In a game of chess, one could observe, "You're defeated and you won't admit it."

    "They are defeated."
    "They were defeated at the Battle of...."
    "They have been defeated, your Majesty, and are fleeing to the hills."
    "They will be defeated unless reinforcements arrive..."

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    Re: Past or Present

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    'You're defeated' is wrong.
    In a game of chess, one could observe, "You're defeated and you won't admit it."

    "They are defeated."
    "They were defeated at the Battle of...."
    "They have been defeated, your Majesty, and are fleeing to the hills."
    "They will be defeated unless reinforcements arrive..."
    Yes, at the time I was in a hurry and I didn't think about 'defeated' as an adjective describing 'you'.

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