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dido4



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:49 pm    Post subject: Tense and time Reply with quote

1. I didn't do well on the test. I should have studied last night.
2. I am sorry. I shouldn't have yelled at you last night.

In the sentences, there are present perfect(have + pp.) and past tense (last night).

Q1. Are the sentences above correct?
Q2. How to change them into correct sentences?
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Lorikeet



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Tense and time Reply with quote

dido4 wrote:
1. I didn't do well on the test. I should have studied last night.
2. I am sorry. I shouldn't have yelled at you last night.

In the sentences, there are present perfect(have + pp.) and past tense (last night).

Q1. Are the sentences above correct?
Q2. How to change them into correct sentences?


Both sentences are correct. Instead of calling them "present perfect" I prefer to use the term "modal perfect", and the modal perfect works fine with words that are in the past like "yesterday" or "last week" etc.
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