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 Post subject: Dear Moz.
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:29 am 
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Al Bionic wrote:

Seriously they must have saw him coming.


PS. No offence Mate ... the past tense of "see" is "seen " "saw" is for cutting wood. :wink:
You're absolutely right about 'seen' being the past tense of 'see' and poor old Al was wrong in this instance, but 'saw' is also the past tense of 'see.':wink:

Al probably meant to write, "They saw him coming."

Now this raises another question, did they actually see him coming at the time of making his donation? :lol:

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simple case of confusing imperfect with perfect past tense.

imperfect - they saw him coming
perfect - they have seen him coming

the inclusion of 'must' only works in the perfect tense don't it. :oops:


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Rudolf Hart wrote:
simple case of confusing imperfect with perfect past tense.

imperfect - they saw him coming
perfect - they have seen him coming

the inclusion of 'must' only works in the perfect tense don't it. :oops:


How come your sig is missing when you discuss grammar? ;-)


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How come your sig is missing when you discuss grammar?

Because I didn't want it to detract from my pedantic reply - also didn't want to attract pedants to my pedant. (Didn't work did it?)

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Rudolf Hart wrote:
Andy.I wrote:-
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How come your sig is missing when you discuss grammar?

Because I didn't want it to detract from my pedantic reply - also didn't want to attract pedants to my pedant. (Didn't work did it?)
Shouldn't two questions be separated with a comma?

Didn't work, did it?

You didn't want pedants to be attracted to your pedantry or pedantic behaviour? :wink:

When did hyphens replace commas, that's new to me? :?

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Shouldn't two questions be separated with a comma?

Didn't work, did it?

You didn't want pedants to be attracted to your pedantry or pedantic behaviour? :wink:

When did hyphens replace commas, that's new to me? :?


Dearest El, "Didn't work" is a statement, not a question. However a comma is still needed to separate a statement and the subsequent question "did it?" 8)

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luddite wrote:
Elvis wrote:
Shouldn't two questions be separated with a comma?

Didn't work, did it?

You didn't want pedants to be attracted to your pedantry or pedantic behaviour? :wink:

When did hyphens replace commas, that's new to me? :?


Dearest El, "Didn't work" is a statement, not a question. However a comma is still needed to separate a statement and the subsequent question "did it?" 8)
:lol: Didn't work? Did it?

No, you're correct and I'm just a peasant pedant. :wink:

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