hello Guys . i have a little problem in English and i want to solve them i need help? first question is: 1) the strikes had now taken on an important political dimension look at this sentence . my question is that why "had" is used in the sentence although the sentence not implicate to the past .because of the "now" . help me to improve my English skill . thanks a lot :)
In this case think of now as meaning "at this point in time" not "at the present time"
it's a context issue. This is discussing something that happened in the past, and the 'had now' is referring to something subsequent to that past action but not yet in the present.
The sentence is talking about the point in time at which the strikes had become political. The past tense indicates that this point of time was in the past, otherwise it would have said "have taken on" instead of "had taken on".
p.s. Now that I have submitted my comment I realise that KenBookmye said essentially the same thing, but more concisely.
Simply, "had" means "before the present, but not happening in the present."
Good luck with your English! ^-^
(And here's a lingot, too.)
thanks a lot. :) the second problem i have had is : 2) in cold climates houses need to have walls that will absorb heat. 3) in cold climates houses need to have walls to absorb heat look at this two sentences do they have same meaning or not . have a nice time. i will be back with many questions as soon as possible if anyone here to answer me again :)
No, they're not the same. The first one says is talking about a required property of the wall (will absorb heat), the second is talking about a property of the house (needs walls to absorb heat). The second also sounds quite strange, I'm pretty sure it's not what you want.
You could say that in cold climates houses need to have walls to keep in the heat (although we're more likely to say keep out the cold).
thank you very much. "The second also sounds quite strange, I'm pretty sure it's not what you want" i have made it i did not know that it is not true. all right i am now writing the sentence you have suggested to me instead of the wrong sentence i had made. =-) good luck .