There have been times that I've felt like I'm not enough.


There have been times that I felt like I'm not enough.


Has there been a time that you felt like you're not enough.


Has there been a time that you've felt like you're not good enough?

Which one of these sounds more correct? Can they both have different meanings? I feel like the first and last ones are the correct ones but I'm not too sure why I see sentences with the second and third structure.

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    Do you want "a time" or "times"? Do you want "not enough" or "not good enough"? Do you want to ask it or say it? Do you want it to be correct? or natural? Jan 4, 2022 at 6:32
  • The first relative clause is in the present perfect ("I've felt") while the second is in the simple past ("I felt"). Are you aware of when those tenses are used? If so, what is your particular concern with these sentences? Jan 4, 2022 at 6:34
  • @MarcInManhattan I'm a native English speaker and don't know how your question matters for answering the main question. Can you explain what difference it makes in the 4 sentences that were provided? It would probably answer the question and besides, I'm curious.
    – Readin
    Jan 4, 2022 at 6:51
  • The change in tense has a great impact on which sentence "sounds more correct" and whether the sentences can "have different meanings". ELL's guidelines ask people "to make an effort to research your question before posting it", so I was wondering what you'd found so far. Jan 4, 2022 at 7:00
  • @MarcInManhattan Hi there. Yes, in general, I know what those tenses mean and how they're used separate from any other sentence. For example, I feel like Throughout the history, there have been people that have had helpful inventions. seems correct but Throughout the history, there have been people that had helpful inventions. seems awkward. Can they both be true but have different meanings? For example, I've felt like that before. is true but we can't say I felt like that before. cause we are not talking about a specific time to use simple past, but instead, we use present perfect.
    – JOUA
    Jan 4, 2022 at 10:42

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"There have been times where/when I felt like..." is what you're looking for.

"That", "when" and "where" are all conjunctions, but you cannot necessarily swap them like you did.

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