Is it correct? "I think, It will be one of the best tutorial courses ever published here "

I am just confused a little bit. Because the sentence is starting with the future tense and has had " ever published " participle form or Past form. It's a little confusing. Can I place two different tenses in the same sentence? Or You can suggest to me to learn about something.

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    The speaker is currently looking forwards to a future time when he can look back on the past, hence the mixed tenses. For example: "I think that this will be one of the best decisions that I have ever made."
    – Mick
    Dec 25, 2016 at 13:21
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    No comma after think, don't capitalize "it".
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 25, 2016 at 13:30
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    Also courses must be plural. The sentence "I think it will be one of the best tutorial courses ever published here" is perfectly good English.
    – TonyK
    Dec 25, 2016 at 16:36

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The phrase ever published means "published at any time". The word published is an adjective formed from the past participle of the verb; it is not a tensed form of the verb.

P.S. You can think of the past participle form of the verb (and adjectives formed from it) as being disconnected from time. The participle form refers to a timeless state. The state becomes located in time only when the participle form is yoked to a tensed form of the verb.

The book was published in 1910.

The book will be published next year.

The newspaper is published daily.

The newspaper will have been published more than ten thousand times when publication ceases next spring.

Only five issues had been published when the magazine was discontinued.

  • I like this answer (except for a quibble about whether published is an adjective), but it might address the obvious transposition to a tensed verb: It will be one of the best tutorial courses the company has ever published here.” The present perfect sounds fine to me, while dropping the *has to get to the simple past doesn't.
    – deadrat
    Dec 25, 2016 at 20:05
  • Do you consider both "ever published" and "the company has ever published" to be reduced clauses, the first in the passive, the second in the active, voice?
    – TimR
    Dec 25, 2016 at 22:23
  • The active voice the company has ever published is a clear analog to that the company...., but I don't think that was ever published works with the future tense in the independent clause (or with the adverb ever, for that matter). The simple past (here in the passive) talks about some unknown but fixed past publication, which clashes with a future point of publication. I like your analysis of published as a nonfinite verb form acting as a modifier. You can transpose to the passive via that has ever been published, but you can't drop the that.
    – deadrat
    Dec 25, 2016 at 23:18
  • This will be the best tutorial ever written (idiomatic) vs. This will be the best tutorial that was ever written (marginal?).
    – TimR
    Dec 26, 2016 at 13:25
  • Yes, but maybe it's just me. What's the antecedent for that? Doesn't it have to be tutorial? It's possible that the tutorial hasn't been written yet as it's to be the best in the future, but that clashes with syntactically with a tutorial that was written. It's clear that the sentence means This will be the best tutorial of any that was ever written, but to me it doesn't quite say that. Notice that this seems OK if we get rid of an antecedent with a dummy: It will be thus as it was ever so.
    – deadrat
    Dec 26, 2016 at 18:57

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