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    What tense should I use if I want to tell something where in I don't know or I'm not sure if that "something" is still true at present?

    please explain!!!

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    Re: please explain!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    What tense should I use if I want to tell something where in I don't know or I'm not sure if that "something" is still true at present?

    please explain!!!
    (Not a teacher.)
    The Present Tense because that something is still true, I think.

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    Post Re: please explain!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    (Not a teacher.)
    The Present Tense because that something is still true, I think.
    Any suggestion or correction to the answer please.


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    Re: please explain!!!

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    I'd go with present tense as well (in bold):

    "I don't know if Mark is here now."
    "I'm not sure what time the bus leaves for Manchester."


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    Re: please explain!!!

    I'd go with present tense as well (in bold):

    "I don't know if Mark is here now."
    "I'm not sure what time the bus leaves for Manchester."


    It is the associated phrases "I don't know" and "I'm not sure" in the above that imply the uncertainty. Mamen is asking how to express 'not sure' using a tense form of the verb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    I'd go with present tense as well (in bold):

    "I don't know if Mark is here now."
    "I'm not sure what time the bus leaves for Manchester."


    It is the associated phrases "I don't know" and "I'm not sure" in the above that imply the uncertainty. Mamen is asking how to express 'not sure' using a tense form of the verb.
    David L. is correct. Help me please!!!

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    Re: please explain!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    What tense should I use if I want to tell something where in I don't know or I'm not sure if that "something" is still true at present?

    please explain!!!

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    Usually you add a certain word to imply the uncertainty. In the "normal" sentence you will refer to "something" true in the past:

    "There used to be a train to London every four hours."

    Uncertainty in the present:

    1) "There is probably still a train to London every four hours." here you use the present tense, as pointed in other posts.
    2) "There was a train to London every four hours." - here you state a known fact from the past, but you don't clarify whether the information is still valid. Therefore, the reader remains with the impression that this might not be true at the moment of reading. You use the past simple tense.

    That's it from me.


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    Siberic: Therefore, the reader remains with the impression that this might not be true

    Ah. A verb! And you mean, the reader is 'unsure'.

    (Hint, hint!)
    Last edited by David L.; 01-Apr-2009 at 17:20.

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    Post Re: please explain!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Siberic: Therefore, the reader remains with the impression that this might not be true

    Ah. A verb! And you mean, the reader is 'unsure'.

    (Hint, hint!)
    Thank you for all your help!!!

    Siberic has a point. Any suggestion/s to Siberic's idea.

    thanks to all!!!

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    Re: please explain!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Siberic View Post
    1) "There is probably still a train to London every four hours." here you use the present tense, as pointed in other posts.
    You can also use modals may./might/could be a train...
    Quote Originally Posted by Siberic View Post
    2) "There was a train to London every four hours." - here you state a known fact from the past, but you don't clarify whether the information is still valid. Therefore, the reader remains with the impression that this might not be true at the moment of reading. You use the past simple tense.
    The impression this leaves me with is that it is quite likely not to be the case now; I would probably add something like 'and there could still be one' if I had no idea.

    PS Mamen, do you think you could go easy on the 'Please explain!!!!' titles? If you use descrioptive titles with a few words relating to the topic, people will have an idea of what to expect inside and they look like repeat posts, which means that some people are likely to skip them or only open one. Many thanks
    Last edited by Tdol; 02-Apr-2009 at 21:38. Reason: PS added

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