tense use

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tense use

Unread post by Lollipop » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:05 pm

Hi,

I have some issues with these sentences. Is it possible to use all the suggestions? If not, which ones are the best?

1. Before she could say anything, Jeff leaves/left/let Jamie alone with the ghost.

2. In the end, as she is waiting for Stan, Jamie is grinning/grins from ear to ear.

Thank you for your help :)

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Re: tense use

Unread post by Joe » Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:49 am

leaves: possible in very informal setting (eg telling joke - but why isn't it "Before she can say anything..."?)

left: ok :ok:

let: grammatically ok, but potential difference in meaning

is grinning: ok :ok:

grins: grammatically ok but is the meaning as intended?

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Re: tense use

Unread post by Lollipop » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:25 pm

Thank you for your answer. It helped very much :D :D :D

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