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Topic: Never use two past tenses simultaneously
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012 9:30:45 PM
Marissa La Faye Isolde wrote:
'I saw a man with a backpack come on the train and sit next to me'.

The above sentence 'sounds' wrong to me, but I have no idea why. I would say:

I saw a man with a backpack who came on the train and sat next to me.




I agree that my above sentence is not ideal and a better sentence would be 'I saw a man with a backpack. He came on the train and sat next to me'.
The Point i want to make is that we don't use another past tense verb after 'saw' do we?

Topic: Never use two past tenses simultaneously
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012 6:58:47 PM
Here's an example of where we don't use more than one past tense in the same sentence.

I had a student write 'I saw a man with a backpack came on the train and sat next to me'. Using past tense verbs seems to be correct to him as he was writing about the past. However the sentence is incorrect and should be, 'I saw a man with a backpack come on the train and sit next to me'.

Please do correct me if i'm wrong.