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JessiWan
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2021 12:35:07 PM
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Hello. Imagine that I am talking to someone. She says she wants to message this guy she likes. So I say, "Yeah, message him and let us know how it went/goes".

My question: should it be present tense or past tense? Should I use "went", or "goes"? It is an event that will happen in the future, however, by the time she tells me about it, it will have been something that happened in the past. So I am not sure. Please help, thanks.
FounDit
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2021 12:44:51 PM

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JessiWan wrote:
Hello. Imagine that I am talking to someone. She says she wants to message this guy she likes. So I say, "Yeah, message him and let us know how it went/goes".

My question: should it be present tense or past tense? Should I use "went", or "goes"? It is an event that will happen in the future, however, by the time she tells me about it, it will have been something that happened in the past. So I am not sure. Please help, thanks.


You could use both, but "went" describes the event in the past, of course. That would fit best if you think she and the guy might not have anything in common and stop messaging.

However, you could also use "goes" to learn not only how it "went", but if if you think there is a possibility that it could go on, that is "goes" on.
JessiWan
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2021 12:49:41 PM
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Thank you.
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