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For Manhattan guide experts, if any!!

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For Manhattan guide experts, if any!!

by srst » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:22 am
This is excerpt from Manhattan Guides:

The first instance of the verb should usually match the helping verb in tense. If you need to change
tenses, repeat the whole verb in the new tense.
Wrong: I have never seen an aardvark, but last year my father DID.
Right: I have never seen an aardvark, but last year my father saw one

Can anyone help me explain what is it trying to convey?? I do understand by logic and usage of grammar that latter is the right answer but how does it support the text mentioned??

Any help would be appreciated!!
Thanks alot :)

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by hemant_rajput » Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:29 am
srst wrote:This is excerpt from Manhattan Guides:

The first instance of the verb should usually match the helping verb in tense. If you need to change
tenses, repeat the whole verb in the new tense.
Wrong: I have never seen an aardvark, but last year my father DID.
Right: I have never seen an aardvark, but last year my father saw one

Can anyone help me explain what is it trying to convey?? I do understand by logic and usage of grammar that latter is the right answer but how does it support the text mentioned??

Any help would be appreciated!!
Thanks alot :)

the first clause is in present perfect tense but the dependent clause is in simple past tense. So as it is mentioned in the guide that if you are changing the tense then you have to repeat the whole verb.

I have never seen an aardvark, but last year my father DID.

have never seen - present perfect

last year...DID - simple past

Hope this helps.
I'm no expert, just trying to work on my skills. If I've made any mistakes please bear with me.

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by srst » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:40 am
But does not SAW fall under the category of simple past tense as well??