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Dear teachers,

1) Would you say “I first experienced terror when I was

or

“I had first experienced terror when I was ?

We would say “I had known great poverty when I was

And not

“I knew great poverty when I was Right? But why?

2) Which versions would you accept here, please?

is one of the best known and most loved children’s adventure stories. It was first published in 1883 but 1 REMAINS / HAS REMAINED [are both tenses correct ?] popular 2 TO / TILL / UNTIL [are all these prepositions possible ?] this day. People 3 USED TO THINK / THOUGHT that the story was solely the work of Stevenson’s imagination, but recent research has uncovered the true origin of this thrilling tale 4 OF / ABOUT / ABOUT A [which ones are acceptable ?] hidden treasure and bloodthirsty pirates.

Many thanks,

Hela
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#1 I'd use Past Simple in both cases.

Hope this helps.

Have a go on #2 and post here your version of it.

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Dear teachers,

If I say : "As / While a student / When he was a student he had known great poverty."

Is the sentence complete or should I add something else?
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Hi Hela,

The use of the past perfect suggests that the statement you are making relates to some other, later event in the past. As long as your context explains that later event to me, your sentence is OK.

Clive
Hi Clive, would you please answer my second point in my initial post?
Treasure Island is one of the best known and most loved children’s adventure stories. It was first published in 1883 but 1 REMAINS / HAS REMAINED [are both tenses correct ?] popular 2 TO / TILL / UNTIL [are all these prepositions possible ?] this day. People 3 USED TO THINK / THOUGHT that the story was solely the work of Stevenson’s imagination, but recent research has uncovered the true origin of this thrilling tale 4 OF / ABOUT / ABOUT A [which ones are acceptable ?] hidden treasure and bloodthirsty pirates.

While other choices are also acceptable to a degree, I think the ones in bold are the only ones that are completely convincing as idiomatic English.

CJ
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So would you think it acceptable (but not idiomatic) if I said "It was first published in 1883 but REMAINS popular TILL / UNTIL this day." ?
HelaSo would you think it acceptable (but not idiomatic) if I said "It was first published in 1883 but REMAINS popular TILL / UNTIL this day." ?
Both verb forms are correct and idiomatic, but the "remains" form is not correct with the chosen adverbial.

"Has remained" looks at the time from a "then" to an "until now": "remains" looks only at the "now". So, the use of an adverb phrase "till/until now" really should be used with the "has remained" form.

Look what happens if we write the "full" grammatical form:

it has remained popular from that time until this one.

*it remains popular from that time until this one.
Ok then, but can I say : "It was first published in 1883 but HAS REMAINED popular TILL / UNTIL this day." ? or do I HAVE TO say "has remained TO this day" ?
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