Present or past tense

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Present or past tense

Post by TommyFromNeverLand » Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:42 pm

Suppose I meet my friend on one morning at 9 AM (during school time). Which sentence should I say to him? "My son does not go to school today" or "My son did not go to school today" If I meet him at 6 P.M, of course, I should use past tense (my son did not go to school today), but I meet him at 9 AM during school time. What should I say to him?

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Re: Present or past tense

Post by Alan » Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:00 am

'Did not...' would be normal in either case, so long as the school day has actually started.
Otherwise, '...is not going to school today'.

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