The Verb Page – Verbal Phrases 9 – The Cell

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There I was
Here I am.

Which one did you hear?

I am in a prison cell
I was in a prison cell
he was in a prison cell
they were in separate cells

I have been here for about three or four hours
I was there for about five or six hours

Past Simple or Present Perfect

They have given me some food
They gave me some food

and it is clean and it is a nice place.
it was clean and it was a nice place

Somebody is coming.
Somebody will come.
Somebody is going to come

How are you doing?
How are you going?

Which one is Australian?

We are terribly sorry
They are terribly sorry
Everybody is terribly sorry

An Apology

We are terribly sorry for losing your luggage and causing you to miss your flight and for all the inconveniences you have been through.
We are terribly sorry for keeping you and arresting you and all the inconveniences you have been through.

Have you ever missed your flight?

So I am free to go?
So I am allowed to go?
So I am able to go?
So I can go?


Ability and Permission can be conflated.

we paid for your stay at the Grand Hotel
we have even paid for your stay at the Grand Hotel.

we have made a terrible mistake
we made a terrible mistake.

we thought he was a smuggler
We thought they were smugglers
We thought you were a smuggler.

you have the penthouse suite at the top
he has the penthouse suite at the top

He could stay there for a week.
You can stay there for a week.

They were so embarrassed
We are so embarrassed.

They are so sorry
We are so sorry.

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