I have a confusion with a sentence. Is this sentence correct in grammar-article sense?

"It could've been more thrilling as I was expecting something more at that time."

I have confusion with "as" and "was expecting" and I wonder if there is a mismatch of tenses in the second part.

I wanted to say, "It could have been more money as he is an honest guy". My confusion is if I use past tense on main clause "It could have been..." and use "as", can I use any tense with the subordinate clause starting with "as"


In contemporary American English, we are far more likely to say since not as in sentences like the following, but as and since are interchangeable:

I wonder who took my last beer from the fridge?
-- It could have been your roommate, since he drinks first and asks questions later.

As you can see, there is no problem following could have been with a present-tense construction in the since-clause or as-clause.

It could have been your roommate, as he drinks first and asks questions later.

The subordinate clause there states a persistent fact which is true now and was true then.

  • Thank you. So, when I use as or since, it doesn't care much with tense mismatch. Even if I use present or other tense after past tense or past perfect before as or since. Am I right? Apr 26 '18 at 11:44
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    The explanation presented in the subordinate clause can express a past fact which is no longer true, a present fact which was also true in the past, or a statement about the future. Any of those statements might be offered as an explanation for something that happened in the past. Who was that phone call from? --I don't know. The connection dropped right after I said 'hello'. It could have been my sister, since she will be visiting this afternoon. Apr 26 '18 at 11:55
  • Thank you so much! I have got it. Now just do me a last favor. The sentence you wrote "It could have been my sister, since she will be visiting this afternoon." . Here subordinate clause is "since she will be visiting this afternoon" and principle clause is "It could have been my sister" Am I right? Apr 26 '18 at 12:08
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    Yes, there is a main clause which can stand on its own independently (It could have been my sister) and a subordinate clause which depends on or requires the main clause for it to make full sense (since she will be visiting this afternoon). Apr 26 '18 at 12:26

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