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Never before have we had so little time in which____.
1:to do so much
2:we will do so much
3:it does so much
4:we do so much


Suppose you were-I think some of you actually are-a teacher. How do you explain to your students why the right answer is not #4 but #1?
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MrP.
OK. Now. You said:
The sentence refers to all the previous occasions when time was required and something had to be done.


Then, how does this sentence sound to you, and how different is it from 'Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much time'?
Never before have we had so little time in which to have done so much.
Hello Taka

That's a strange one. It means that in the unprecedentedly brief period of time available, you are in the state of having done an unprecedented amount of something.

I'm struggling to find a context. Perhaps:

Scenario: In the factory, there were 1000 boxes to pack, in 3 hours. Operatives X and Y have just finished the job. They are fairly literate operatives. They sit smoking and resting from their toil.

X: "Never before have so many boxes had to be packed in so little time."

Y: "Yup."

[Enter MrZ, the factory supervisor.]

Z: "What's going on here? Don't you people know there's work to be done? Another 3000 boxes have to be packed before 2pm. Now shift your fat butts and get packing."

Y: "[email protected]#@!£!"

X: [sotto voce] "Never before has a fairly literate factory operative had so little time in which to have done so much."

[Exeunt omnes]



I'm not saying it's plausible, though.

MrP
Students: We have free audio pronunciation exercises.
Excellent!!

You ARE a good teacher, indeed.

If you were here in Japan, I would definitely ask you to be my work partner!

Zillion thanks to you!
Thank you, Taka! Emotion: smile

MrP