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Verb Tense Keeping tense consistent
Simple Tenses <ul><li>A tense is a verb form that shows the time  of an action or condition. </li></ul><ul><li>Verbs have ...
Examples <ul><li>The car door  opens  easily. </li></ul><ul><li>The present tense shows that the action or condition occur...
Progressive Forms <ul><li>A progressive form of a verb expresses an action or condition  in progress . </li></ul><ul><li>P...
Examples <ul><li>You are writing notes.  Present Progressive </li></ul><ul><li>You were reading.  Past Progressive </li></...
Present Perfect <ul><li>The present perfect tense places an action or condition in a stretch of time leading up to the pre...
Past Perfect <ul><li>The past perfect tense places an action or condition before another past action or condition. </li></...
Perfect Tenses <ul><li>The future perfect tense places a future action or condition before another future action or condit...
Tense Shift <ul><li>Once you begin a sentence with a particular verb tense, maintain that tense as long as you are referri...
Keep it Consistent! <ul><li>Remember, keeping tense consistent makes your message clear & creates a nice flow. </li></ul><...
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  1. 1. Verb Tense Keeping tense consistent
  2. 2. Simple Tenses <ul><li>A tense is a verb form that shows the time of an action or condition. </li></ul><ul><li>Verbs have 3 simple tenses: </li></ul><ul><li>Present Tense </li></ul><ul><li>Past Tense </li></ul><ul><li>Future Tense </li></ul>
  3. 3. Examples <ul><li>The car door opens easily. </li></ul><ul><li>The present tense shows that the action or condition occurs now . </li></ul><ul><li>The car door opened , and the man stepped out. </li></ul><ul><li>The past tense shows that the action or condition occurred in the past. </li></ul><ul><li>The car door will open , and I will jump out. </li></ul><ul><li>The future tense shows that the action or condition will occur. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Progressive Forms <ul><li>A progressive form of a verb expresses an action or condition in progress . </li></ul><ul><li>Progressive forms of the three simple tenses are used to show that actions or conditions were, are, or will be in progress. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Examples <ul><li>You are writing notes. Present Progressive </li></ul><ul><li>You were reading. Past Progressive </li></ul><ul><li>You will be cheering. Future progressive </li></ul>
  6. 6. Present Perfect <ul><li>The present perfect tense places an action or condition in a stretch of time leading up to the present. </li></ul><ul><li>Many people have rafted here. </li></ul><ul><li>People have rafted here at unspecified times before the present. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Past Perfect <ul><li>The past perfect tense places an action or condition before another past action or condition. </li></ul><ul><li>After the guide had straightened the raft, we entered the rapids. </li></ul><ul><li>The straightening happened before the entering. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Perfect Tenses <ul><li>The future perfect tense places a future action or condition before another future action or condition. </li></ul><ul><li>We will have cleared many rapids before the trip ends. </li></ul><ul><li>The clearing will occur before the ending. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Tense Shift <ul><li>Once you begin a sentence with a particular verb tense, maintain that tense as long as you are referring to the same period of time. </li></ul><ul><li>Switching tense without a valid reason creates a problem known as a tense shift. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Keep it Consistent! <ul><li>Remember, keeping tense consistent makes your message clear & creates a nice flow. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are telling a story in that happened in the past, make sure all your verbs are in the past tense! </li></ul>
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