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hi ! I have 2 questions, here they are :

1/I was watching friends and in the episode, ross is buying a couch with rachel and he says to the salesman : "I want to make sure I bought the right couch"

Why does he use a past tense? why not say "I want to make sure I buy/I'm buying the right couch" ?

2/ which one is correct ?

she sits in the back of the classroom or she sits at the back of the classroom

thank you for your help!
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Hi,

I have 2 questions, here they are :

1/I was watching friends and in the episode, ross is buying a couch with rachel and he says to the salesman : "I want to make sure I bought the right couch"

Why does he use a past tense? why not say "I want to make sure I buy/I'm buying the right couch" ? He could say what you suggest, but what he is thinking here is that he wants to feel sure at a future point (ie after he buys it) that he bought the right one.

2/ which one is correct ?

she sits in the back of the classroom or she sits at the back of the classroom People say it both ways.

Best wishes, Clive

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thank you so much!

now that I think of it, it really seems simple (of course now that I've been given explanations!ahah)