I am an esl student. I have read a paragraph from the book The Old Man and Sea and found some tense problems. I don't know if I change the tense to this sentence, will it make sense?
“I’ve been asking you to,“ the boy told him gently. “I have not wished to open the container until you were ready.“
"I not wished to open the container until you were ready."
And what is the different between 'I only needed time to wash' and 'I only need time to wash'? why the word 'need' need to be in past tense.
“I’m ready now,“ the old man said. “I only needed time to wash.“