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Gone are/were the days when he exercises regularly. Nowadays, since he got a desk-bound job, he hardly exercises.

Should it be 'are' or 'were'?

Thanks.

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tamguatlay

Gone are/were the days when he exercises regularly.
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Should it be 'are' or 'were'?

I'm sure you can work this out yourself if you just apply the tried-and-true principle of matching the tenses.

And when you've finished working that out, I'm sure you can work out the next one too:

Gone are/were the days when he exercised regularly.

CJ

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Let's straighten out the inversion. Would you say "a" or "b"?

a- The days are gone when he would exercise regularly.

b- The days were gone when he would exercise regularly.

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teechr

Let's straighten out the inversion. Would you say "a" or "b"?

a- The days are gone when he would exercise regularly.

b- The days were gone when he would exercise regularly.

I would say "b".

Thanks, CJ.

Gone are/were the days when he exercises regularly.

It was a typo.

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tamguatlay

Thanks, CJ.

Gone are/were the days when he exercises regularly.

It was a typo.

Sorry. I can't find the typo. Emotion: sad

CJ

CalifJim
tamguatlay

Thanks, CJ.

Gone are/were the days when he exercises regularly.

It was a typo.

Sorry. I can't find the typo.

CJ

My apologies, CJ, for the confusion.

You said that 'exercises' was incorrect. The fact is I typed 'exercises' instead of 'exercised'.

tamguatlayYou said that 'exercises' was incorrect.

Actually, I just underlined it to show you it was a present tense verb, so "Gone are" would be a good choice at the beginning.

Now that you say it should have been 'exercised", I have to say that I think that both "Gone are" and "Gone were" are OK.

1) Gone are the days when he exercised regularly.
2) Gone were the days when he exercised regularly.

You use 1) when you are talking about the present situation.
You use 2) when you are talking about a time in the past when he had already given up exercising regularly.

CJ

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Many thanks, CJ, for the clarification.