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Topic: I wish + had been doing
Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 9:41:39 AM
What about the meaning of "had been using" then?
Will it refer to the past or the present?
Topic: I wish + had been doing
Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:03:27 AM
Hello!

Is it possible to use past perfect continuous for wishes?

e.g.
I am wearing uncomfortable shoes - I wish I wasn't wearing these shoes.
I have been using this device for so long. - I wish I hadn't been using this device for so long.

I've always been taught to use only simple tenses for wishes (past simple, past perfect simple), but then saw the one with past continuous, and it made me wonder about more options.
Topic: before + present perfect
Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 3:56:49 AM
Hello, dear forum users!

1) He worked as a shop assistant before he became a manager.
2) He worked as a shop assistant before he has become a manager.

Be so kind to say whether both of these sentences are correct, and if yes, how the meaning is different.
Topic: I have been doing... before I have done...
Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 7:23:17 AM
Hello, thar!
Very grateful for your explanations, I appreciate that.

So the original sentence works to be? Because I thought "before" automatically implies past events, hence only past perfect was appropriate for it (had been looking, found).
Topic: I have been doing... before I have done...
Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 4:12:59 AM
Hello, dear forum users!
Could you, please, give help on this point?

I have been looking for my keys for 20 min before I have finally found them in the pocket.

Is it ok to use present perfect instead of past perfect here?
Because I often hear a construction ''I've been looking for it for so long. I'm glad I've finally found it'', which seems to convey the same meaning as the sentence above, and it confuses me.
Topic: -ing with participle clauses
Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2016 10:10:53 AM
Thank you for the examples.

The thing is I've found this sentence here http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/quick-grammar/participle-clauses
and they give here an option with just a past participle ''shouted''. It confuses me since in the brackets they give past continuous tense, not simple.

Shouted at loudly, Peter walked home. [Someone was shouting at Peter]
Topic: -ing with participle clauses
Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2016 9:32:10 AM
Hello, everybody!

1) Someone was shouting at Jim as he walked home.
2) Being shouted at, Jim walked home.

I'm learning participle clauses, and it is said we can use there a verb only in two forms: present (active) and past (passive meaning) participle.

But what about these examples?
Is it correct to use -ing + past participle in sentence N2 if we have continuous tense in N1?
Topic: regret forgetting to do
Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2016 8:56:27 AM
''All the time'' meaning that there wasn't even a single time when I did not regret, did not feel bad about my forgetfullness. Hope it makes sense like that.


Topic: regret forgetting to do
Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2016 7:45:52 AM
Hello, dear forum users!

I regret forgetting to do my home-work all the time.

Is this sentence completely impossible to use?
I want to say here that I always forget about my responsibility (to do home-work) and always feel sorry about that fact.
I know there must be more natural ways to say this, but I'm really interested in this specific sentence.

Topic: could've done/ couldn't have done
Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 1:55:19 PM
Thanks a million for all the replies!

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