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  • we can use our past tense to talk politely about something in the present.

  • In English, you can sometimes use past tenses to be less direct and more polite.

  • I wanted to ask you something.

  • I hoped you'd make lunch.

  • This isn't the past.

  • I want to ask you something now, and I still hope you'll make my lunch.

  • But it's less direct, using a continuous tense consume, less permanent on also less direct.

  • I'm thinking you should buy the ingredients.

  • I'm not planning to help you to really distance yourself.

  • You can do both.

  • I was hoping you were going to make dessert.

  • I was expecting you to do the washing up.

  • I'm being unreasonable, but I'm using past and continuous tenses as distancing to sound polite while I do it.

  • And now I'm really hungry.

we can use our past tense to talk politely about something in the present.

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Using different tenses to be polite - English In A Minute

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/07
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