Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Using Tenses Correctly (Part 1 of 9)

In English, we have three simple tenses that place action in the present, past, or future.

Present: Melvin seems happy today.

Past: Melvin looked depressed yesterday.

Future: Melvin will look different after his surgery. (Note that the future tense has a helping verb/modal auxiliary, usually will.)

The simple present and past tenses don't use a helping verb. The simple present tense means actions occurring now or habitually. The simple past means actions completed at a specific time in the past.

To write well, I need to understand tenses.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh, how I wish it stopped there but then writing would not be so interesting to read. It just would be so much easier to teach, and learn.


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