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They asked him to be captain, but he refuses.
They asked him to be captain, but he refused.

If you begin with a verb referring to past time, keep the verb forms in the past. The same rule applies to tenses throughout a composition.

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Last year I was walking to school every day
Last year I walked to school every day.

Use the simple past tense to express a habit in the past, and not the past continuous

Use the past continuous tense to describe events in the past happening at the time another action took place: I was walking to school when I met him.

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Rachel asked me what I was doing.
Rachel asked me what I am doing.

When the verb in the main clause is in the past tense, use a past tense in subordinate clauses.

This rule doesn't apply (1) to verbs within quotations, (2) to facts that are true at all times. We say:
1. She said, 'I am waiting for your answer'
2. He said that London is a great city

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Does the gardener water the flowers?
Does the gardener waters the flowers?
The man doesn't water the flowers.
The man doesn't waters the flowers.

After the auxiliary does use the infinitive without to, and not the third person of the present.

The answer to a question beginning with Does is always in the present tense, third person: Does he like the cinema? - Yes, he likes the cinema; or Yes, he does.

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If he would have asked me, I would stay.
If he had asked me, I would have stayed.

Express a counterfactual (that didn't happen) condition by the past perfect and use the past conditional in the main clause. This use of the past perfect doesn't indicate a time but an impossible happening.

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