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Nonn

Senior Member
Japan - japanese
Hi teachers,

Someone asked me about a movie I have not seen yet. It's still showing and I've heard good reviews about it.

Do the sentences below sound natural:


Everyone who saw the movie said it was good.

Everyone who has seen the movie said it was good.

Everyone who has seen the movie said it is good.

I think all three can be used.

Thank you
 
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  • Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    Everyone who saw the movie said it was good.

    Everyone who has seen the movie said it was good.

    Everyone who has seen the movie said it is good.
    If the movie is still on, I would use the present perfect 'has seen' and the present tense for both because the movie is still in existence. That is optional - if you were doing an exercise in reported speech you would probably be expected to change it to the past.
    I read the sentences several times before I noticed the differences! That's how natural using the present is.
     
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