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tenses

Post by azz » Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:18 pm

a. They arrested Tom, who stole an officer's badge.
b. They arrested a shopkeeper, who stole an officer's badge.
c. The arrested a shopkeeper who stole an officer's badge.


Could we tell if the arrest came before the stealing or after?

Many thanks
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Post by trolley » Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:07 am

I assumed that the offence for which Tom or the shopkeeper was arrested was the stealing of the badge so it's hard for me to imagine the theft occurring later. I also assumed that if you meant that the arrest came first, then you would have said it...
"They arrested Tom, who later stole an officer's badge."
I should point out that I have been accused, many times, of assuming too much.
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Re: tenses

Post by Erik_Kowal » Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:21 am

trolley wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:07 am
I should point out that I have been accused, many times, of assuming too much.
I assume that most of us have been accused of that.
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