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Every now and then we have gone to the studio and recorded a free batch of songs, just to see what they sounded like on tape never thinking they'd one day end up on a double album.

What I don't understand is the use of past simple for sounded because both verbs before are present perfect which means that it is still ongoing actions or that it has stopped very recently and they are situated on the same time frame and suddenly past simple which means that the action is over. It is illogical for me if they still go to the studio they still record and the songs still sound.

  • It's a subordinate clause. – user61367 Sep 17 '17 at 11:08
  • ....and would you mind explaining why it is past simple – user5577 Sep 17 '17 at 11:18
  • It's simply like I know what they said about that – user61367 Sep 17 '17 at 11:57
  • Don't really understand what you mean – user5577 Sep 17 '17 at 13:15
  • It's the present perfect which is illogical here, I guess (not a native speaker!). I'd say: Every now and then we went to the studio and recorded a free batch of songs, just to see what they sounded like on tape never thinking they'd one day end up on a double album. – Michael Login Sep 17 '17 at 16:49

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