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Please have a look at this sentence:

We haven't gotten a lot of Finnish groups that we liked here at Bananas but I'm pretty happy with this four tracker from Helsinki, apparently recorded in the same place where the Ramones played in the 70's.

The first verb is in present perfect (up to now) and the second is in simple past tense. I don't understand the simple past for the second verb.

Why "like" is not in its present perfect form as the first verb is?

  • What is the source of the sentence ? Can you give a little more context ? – Varun Nair Dec 24 '15 at 9:31
  • it is a review of a finnish record – user5577 Dec 24 '15 at 10:20
  • Is this a full sentence? There's no period at the end of it. – CowperKettle Dec 24 '15 at 10:54
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    We haven't gotten a lot of finnish groups that we liked here at bananas but I'm pretty happy with this four tracker from Helsinki, apparently recorded in the same place where the Ramones played in the 70's. – user5577 Dec 24 '15 at 11:29
  • I haven't ever seen have/has liked in sentences. I don't think it's wrong but perhaps rarely used. – Alejandro Dec 24 '15 at 13:12
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We haven't gotten a lot of Finnish groups that we liked...

obviously refers to a period of time including the present, so haven't gotten is fine.

...Finnish groups that we liked...

The decision (whether liked or not) seems to be made when each individual group was at Bananas, so each decision would be made at a specific time in the past. So simple past is fine.

  • even if the decision continues in the present.... – user5577 Dec 25 '15 at 7:20

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