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Dear teachers,

Would please tell me if my choice of tenses is correct ?

Bill : I used to be [if there were a blank here what would the teacher write as an indication to find "used to be"?] proud of my work; but how 1. can you take a pride in what you 2. a) are doing / b) do (?) when every two or three years they put a new manager with new-fangled (or tangled ? what's the meaning of that word ?) ideas in charge of the factory – and he tells you what you 3. have been doing is all wrong ?

Ted : Why 4. have you stayed on all these years then, Bill ?

Bill : Well, it’s the same thing wherever you go. However well you 5. do your job, you 6. don’t get on in any firm unless you 7. are a friend of the manager’s – and the present manager 8. a) has certainly been / b) is (?) certainly no friend of mine.

Thank you in advance.
Hela
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All verb tenses which you suggest work here, Hela.

newfangled:
c.1470, "addicted to novelty," lit. "ready to grasp at all new things," from adj. newefangel "inclined to take" (c.1386), from new + -fangel, from root of O.E. fon "to capture" (see fang). Sense of "lately come into fashion" first recorded 1533.

PS: I'm not quite sure what you mean with 'what would the teacher write as an indication to find "used to be"?'. Do you need a clue for the testee?
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Do you need a clue for the testee?


Yes indeed!

Thank you MrM, I look forward to hearing from you again.
Hela

Thanks for the welcome-- it's good to see you all again, too. But I'm not really back yet: I'm still waiting for ADSL installation. Until then I have to severely curtail my online time.

I still don't have a feeling for the idea of a clue, Hela. Something like 'former practice'?
'Habitual past'?

MrP
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I was proud of my work; but now can you take a pride in what you do when every two or three years they put a new manager with new fangled[wierd] ideas in charge of the factory- and he tells you what you have been doing is all wrong? why did you stay on all these years then, bill? Well., it's the same thing wherever you go. However well you did your job, you dont get on in any firm unless you are a friend of the manager and the present manager is certainly no friend of yours.