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Hi, teachers!

I am confused about tense…

Could you please tell me if the verb ‘did’ in the following sentence is correct, supposing that ‘I’ will be back before ‘mom’ comes back?

(Talking to his brother…)

“I’m going to use mom’s car this afternoon, but please don’t tell her that I (did).”

Thank you for your help!
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You can use did.

Alex
ladybird25(Talking to his brother…)
“I’m going to use mom’s car this afternoon, but please don’t tell her that I (did).”
Based on the given context, I would say "no" to using past tense.
the context was an intent to use mom's car which hasn't happened yet as he talked to his brother.
So " please don't tell her that I am going to borrow her car"

or, " I have borrowed her car" ( if your brother saw your mom after you took the car).
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If you will return BEFORE your brother will see your mother, then yes.
Hi, thank you very much everyone for your replies!

I hope you don't mind my asking again...

The time sequence is as follows:

1. Mom leaves home.
2. The speaker wants to use her car while she is out.
3. The speaker does not want mom to find it out (AFTER she comes back) and tells his brother not to tell.
4. The speaker uses her car and comes back home (BEFORE mom comes back).
5. Mom is supposed to come back.

At the time he talks to his brother, he has not used her car yet, but is talking about when mom is back at home.
By the time mom comes back, he will have already used her car.

(I hope my explanation above is clear enough...)

In this situation, is using past tense ‘did' correct? Or should it be ‘have used' or ‘ ‘will have used'?

"I'm going to use mom's car this afternoon, but please don't tell her that I (did)."

It is very confusing, and I'd appreciate your help! Thank you very much.
You're fine.

When you see her (in the future), don't tell her that I did (it will be in that past when this future conversation takes place).

Don't tell her I did.
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Thank you very much for your help! I get it now. Emotion: smile
Just to add another layer to this:

Let's say you are not sure you will return by the time your mother returns.

If I'm not back before Mom gets home, don't tell her I have the car.

(Let's hope it usually stays in the garage so there is a chance she won't notice, but logic aside, let's deal with the tense situation.)

At the point of this future conversation, you will have -- at that very time -- the car in your possession, so you use "have." When that conversation takes place, you will HAVE it.
This thread got me curious....

To satsify my own querry and for discussion purpose, I made up this different but similar future scenario. I would like the experts' comments on the gramamtical aspect based on the interpretation of the story line. My personal opinion is that all the bold-color answers seem to fit the story line. But I prefer the present perfect answer.

I called mom at 8:30 in the morning because my car broke down on the freeway 15 miles from home as I tried to go to work at an auto part store part time.

" Mom, my car just has died on me. I have classes at 3:00 o'clock and I need to use dad's car for a few hours. Can you please tell him that I will borrow / borrowed/ have borrowed his car when he gets up (he just came home from work and went to bed). I'll be back with his car before he goes to work tonight (graveshift).

Thanks
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