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I was pleasantly surprised that the temple had many devotees.

 
 
Reply Wed 18 May, 2016 06:26 am
I was pleasantly surprised that the temple had many devotees.

Can has be used if at present there are many devotees?

Thanks.

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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Wed 18 May, 2016 06:41 am
I am pleasantly surprised .... Has

I was surprised . . . Had
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Wed 18 May, 2016 07:07 am
@PUNKEY,
PUNKEY wrote:

I am pleasantly surprised .... Has

I was surprised . . . Had
I was pleasantly surprised that the temple has/had many devotees.

(But the fact is that there are at present many devotees. So I wonder has is possible. And at the time of the speaker speaking, it is till true.)
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 18 May, 2016 07:09 am
@tanguatlay,

has can be used for the at present scenario...
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Wed 18 May, 2016 07:21 am
@Region Philbis,
Region Philbis wrote:


has can be used for the at present scenario...

Thanks, Region. So, if a sentence contains a general truth, a present tense verb can be used, just as it is for a universal truth. For example. "The teacher said that the world is round." (Here the fact that the world is round is a universal truth.)
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 18 May, 2016 08:00 am
@tanguatlay,

yes...
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Wed 18 May, 2016 08:03 am
@Region Philbis,
Region Philbis wrote:


yes...
Thanks again, Region.
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selectmytutor
 
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Reply Thu 9 Jun, 2016 03:56 am
@tanguatlay,
If the devotees are in the present then only you can use "has".
izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 9 Jun, 2016 04:31 am
@selectmytutor,
You're clearly not a native speaker, and your knowledge of English is shaky to say the least. You need to butt out of threads like this, you don't know what you're talking about and serve only to confuse people asking questions.
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