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Here is the question:

Someone says: "Anyhow, I'd never have time to watch it." Which of the following choice could be correctly added to the sentence?

A) because I was always busy
B) because I am always busy
C) because I have always been busy
D) because I will always be busy

I feel it is either B) or C), but not sure the difference of B) and C), could someone help and explain?

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The answer

I'd never have time = I would never have time : hypothetical, I think so

B) because I am always busy : present tense - generally true, I am


The difference

B) because I am always busy

  • It’s just the way someone is.

You know me, I’m always busy.

  • It's out of discussion. I won't stop being busy.

No, I am always busy. I can't meet up with you tomorrow.

C) because I have always been busy

  • It stresses that it has something to do with the present.

I have always been busy and now I too tired for that.

  • It could imply you stop being busy from now on.

I have always been busy but now I have more time for myself.

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  • "I have always been busy and now I too tired for that." This verb tense construction should not be used. It should be I had always been busy but now I [am] too tired for that. If you save have that means you still are. You can't say that and then say "but not anymore." You could also say I used to be. Commented Aug 4, 2018 at 14:14
  • guys, could you please tell me which choice have you made? a,b,c or d?
    – ppau2004
    Commented Aug 5, 2018 at 13:07

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