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Understand vs Understood Options
Dennis Chen
Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 4:48:13 PM

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Hey guys.

My parents were having a conversation about the phrase "I understand" and "I understood". I want to help clarify when to use understand and when to use understood, but I do not want to give the wrong information. Please help.
Thank you.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 3:55:10 AM

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It depends on what you mean (and what's the situation).

If your mother and father have a discussion, and your mother says something,
your father can say "I understand." meaning he understands what your mother said at that very moment, after hearing it, and when he says it.
or
your father can say "I understood." meaning he understood what your mother said at the very moment when your mother said it.

A very tiny difference in nuance ;-)


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Romany
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 3:59:27 AM
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As JJ pointed out: -

'Understand' is in the Present tense.
'Understood' is in the Past tense.
palapaguy
Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:34:54 AM

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Romany wrote:
As JJ pointed out: -

'Understand' is in the Present tense.
'Understood' is in the Past tense.


"That's understood." Where does that fit?
thar
Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 11:59:58 AM

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Present tense.
That is understood.
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