was pawing was shaking could not No change is necessary.
had been had wanted cannot No change is necessary.
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To the studentsThis material will help you become abetter writer. It is very important thatyou apply consistency in verbs.As you learn to use the correct verbs insentences through the activities, you willachieve better way of expressing yourthoughts especially pertaining on the timewhen the events happened.
VerbsClick the correct picture that means the same in the words.
The present tenseThe present tense expresses an expresses an action that is action that is happening right happening right now, at the now, at the present time. present time. chomp! chomp!
Present Tense Whats the best word to complete the sentence?1. It ________ almost every day 3. Jo is so smart that she in Manchester. ________ every exama. rain without even trying.b. rains a. passc. raines b. passies c. passes2. My best friend ________ to me every week. 4. We ________ to Spain everya. write summer.b. writhes a. flyc. writes b. flys c. flies
5. She ________ in Florida. 8. Most banks ________ ata. live four oclock.b. lives a. closec. livees b. closies c. closes6. My life is so boring -- I just 9. John ________ very hard ________ TV every night. in class, but I dont thinka. watch hell pass the course.b. watchies a. tryc. watches b. trys c. tries7. I ________ in a bank. 10. My mother ________ eggsa. work for breakfast everyb. works morning.c. workes a. fry b. frys c. fries
Choose the correct present tense of verbs tobe used for each sentence.1.I (play, plays) tennis.2.She (do, does )not play tennis.3.(Do, Does) he play tennis?4.The train (leave, leaves) every morning at 8 AM.5.The train (do, does) not leave at 9 AM.6.When (do, does) the train usually leave?7.She always (forget, forgets) her purse.8.He never (care, cares) for his friend.9.Every twelve months, the Earth (circle, circles) the Sun.10.( Do, Does) the Sun circle the Earth?
11.Cats (like, likes) milk.12.Birds (do, does) not like milk.13.(Do, Does) pigs like milk?14.California (is, are) in America.15.California (is, are) not in the UnitedKingdom.16.Windows ( is, are) made of glass.17.Tables ( is, are) not made of wood.18.New York (is, are) a small city
The past tenseexpresses an actionthe happened in the past and does notoccur in the present.
Simple Past Tense Put the verb in brackets in the correct simple past form. My grandfather had a very exciting life. When hewas young, he (live) on a farm in the country. Hisparents (raise) cattle, and he (look) after the cows.When he was eighteen, he went to university, wherehe (study) Philosophy. He also (play) the trumpet ina jazz band. When the war started, he (try) to jointhe Air Force, but he (end) up in the Navy. In theAtlantic, a German torpedo (rip) a hole in the side ofhis ship, and the ship sank. Only five men (escape).They (sail) in a lifeboat back to England. Then he metmy grandmother, and they (marry) after only threeweeks. He says now that he (want) to marry her veryquickly in case he (die) in the war.
Choose the correct past tense of verbs to be used for each sentence.1.I (saw, see) a movie yesterday.2.I (did not, do not) see a playyesterday.3.Last year, I (traveled, travel) to Japan.4.(Did, Do) you have dinner last night?5.She (washed, wash) her car last summer.6.He (buy, bought) his car last Christmas.
7. I (lived, live) in Brazil for two years.8. Shauna (studied, study) Japanesefor five years.9.They (sat, sit) at the beach all day.10. They (did, do) not stay at the partythe entire time last weekend.11. We (talked, talk) on the phone forthirty minutes a while ago.12. How long (did, do) you wait for themlast Monday?
13.I (visited, visit) French when I was a child.14.He (played, play) the violin 2 years ago.15.He (danced, dance) at the party.16.(Did, do) you play a musical instrumentwhen you were a kid?17.She (worked, work) at the movie theaterafter school.18. They never (went, go) to school, theyalways skipped class.
The future The future tense tenseexpresses anexpresses anaction that willaction that will happen.. happen
The Future Replace the correct form of the verb in brackets.Junko: Will you help me with my homework tonight? Junko: (help) me with my homework tonight?Mei-Li: Sure! I always watch Seinfeld at seven. I will Mei-Li: Sure! I always watch Seinfeld at seven. a come over after its finished. Will we need I (come) over after its finished. (need) a dictionary? dictionary? Junko: If we do, I have a good dictionary at home. Junko: If we do, I have a good dictionary at home. How (get) here? get here? How will you Mei-Li: I (not know). Do you think it (rain)?Mei-Li: I dont know. Do you think it will rain? Junko: I (not think) so.Junko: I dont think (not think) so. Mei-Li: I (walk) then.Mei-Li: I will walk then. Junko: OK. I (see) you later!Junko: OK. I will see you later! Mei-Li: Bye!Mei-Li: Bye!
Choose the correct future tense of verbs to be used for each sentence.I (will send, sent) you the information when I get it.I (will translate, translate) the email, so Mr. Smith canread it.I (will not do, do) your homework for you.I (wont do, do) all the housework myself!The year 2222 (will be, is) a very interesting year.The year 2222 (is going to be, is) a very interesting year.John Smith (will be, is) the next President.John Smith (is going to be, is)the next President.The movie "Zenith" (will win, wins) several AcademyAwards.The movie "Zenith" (is going to win, to win) severalAcademy Awards.
Tense Consistency Tense Consistency Do I use the Or do I needpresent tense the past to maintain tense instead?consistency?
Once you begin a Once you begin a sentence with a sentence with a certain verb tense, certain verb tense, maintain that tense maintain that tense as long as you are as long as you arereferring to the samereferring to the same time. time.
6. After I swallowed the huge gulp ofwater, I will cough.7. As the trees sway in the breeze, thebirds will sing merrily.8. Hannah mixed her paints and shenotices a crack in her palette.9. My parents owned a diner until lastyear when they sell it.10. Tim had washed the dishes butforgets to put them away.
Choose the letter of the correct Choose the letter of the correct answer. answer. When King was a puppy, he bites toys and furniture. Most of all, he wanted to chew mail carrier. A. bit B. bite C. bitten D. bites
activity activityCarlos pawedat his hair and shakeshis head, but paws at his hair and shook his head, but pawed at his hair and shook his head, but A Bhe cannotnot dislodge the giant spider tangled in could dislodge the giant spider tangled in cannotdislodge the giant spider tangled in CChis curls.A.was pawingB.was shaking wC.could not could notD.No change is necessary.
activity activityGrandpa planted a backyard garden, hoping that itwas helping with the high cost of food.was helping with the high cost of food.A.will helpB.would helpB.would helpC.helpedD.No change is necessary.
activity activityWhen Gretchen was a freshman, she wanted to was a freshman, she wanted to A Bmajor in biology, but after her first rat dissection,she couldn’t change her major fast enough. couldn’t change her major fast enough. CA.had beenB.was wantingC.cannotD.No change is necessary. No change is necessary.
activity activityWe would have bite marks on our ankles and would have bite marks on our ankles andscratches on our thighs ever since adoptingNelson, our feisty kitten.A.hadB.haveB.haveC.will haveD.No change is necessary.
Make yourself ready for the next activity! I’m a little nervous.. But I know I can ace it.
Choose the correct tense of verb to be used in each sentence.1. He knew he would not get his wish even though he out all his birthday candles. a. blows b. blew c. will blow2. Cindy Nicholas was the first woman who the English Channel both ways. a. swims b. swam c. will swim3. When the baby sitter raises her voice, the children it is time to behave. a. know b. knew c. will know
4. After we had seen all the exhibits at the county fair, we a snack and then home. a. eat, go b. ate, went c. will eat, will go5. I was very nervous when I on the ski lift for the first time. a. go b. went c. will go6. Sally went to the store and the home. a. returns b. returned c. will return7. We watched the movie and then to the coffee shop across the street. a. walk b. walked c. will walk
8. When the student asks a question, the professor always . a. grumbles b. grumbled c. will grumble9. The kids will always clean the kitchen, my wife will straighten up the den, and I in the yard. a. work b. worked c. will work10.When King was a puppy, he toys and furniture. a. chew b. chewed c. will chew
Now, you can Wow!! That was great! Now I know narrate your what I have to do to experiences improve my better and more paragraphs. clearly. That is Privilege to help.. absolutely right! One last thing, Thank you very we’re going to much..!!check how much you learn.
For the past seven years, I have called myself aswimmer. Swimming, my one sport, provides a necessaryoutlet for my abundant energy. I have always drawnsatisfaction from exertion, straining my muscles to their limits.I did not know why pushing forward in the water, as mymuscles cried out in pain, sets off a booming cheer in my head.Many times when I rounded the turn for the last lap of a race,my complaining muscles want to downshift and idle to thefinish. My mind, however, presses the pedal to the floor andyells, "FASTER!" The moment that I touch the wall mymuscles relax; the pain subsides. I am pleased to have passedthe point of conflict.
Read the paragraph below and identify theincorrect shifts of verb tenses . The main tense in thisparagraph is past. At my grandparents’ house that morning, I woke up before anyone else and quietly grabbed the fishing pole and headed for the pond. Across the water, I see ripples. “I have to catch that fish,” I say to myself. I threw my lure near where I see the ripples and reeled in the line. The fish don’t seem interested. I saw more ripples and throw the line in the water again. “I’ve got a strike!” I shout to the trees around me. As I reeled in the line, a beautiful trout jumps out of the water and spat out the hook. Discouraged, I go back to the house. Grandpa was sitting at the table with a bowl of hot oatmeal for me. I say, “Maybe tomorrow we’ll have trout for breakfast.”
Verb Tense?? Does this have something to do with past, present and future?That’s exactly whatwe’re going to talk about.
Verb Tenses Verb Tenses Verb tense expresses the time ofan event or action. Time and how it isexpressed in writing is very importantto English readers. The Englishlanguage has twelve different tenses.In this lesson, we will review themeaning of each verb tense.
The Simple Present Tense Do you have examples, Ma’am..?
The Simple Past The verbs are now in the past..
The Future This tense is used to describe an event or action that will occur over a period of time at a specific point in the future. The sentences are all to happen in the future. She will meet a new client at eleven o’clock. The train will leave at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. I will teach ESL this afternoon.They will move their furniture out of the house by next week. They will write their first exam tonight.
You’re doing great. That was very nice. Thank you. What’s up next?Very enthusiastic.I like that!! We are going to tackle now the consistency of Verb Tenses. Verb Tenses Consistency.. I can’t wait!!
Verb tense indicatesthe time of the verb:past, present, orfuture, illustratingwhen an action takesplace. In writing youneed to be consistentin the tense you areusing.
Yes Ma’am.. Do you still Definitely!!!have the energyto learn more??
Verb Tense ConsistencyIf you tell a story in PAST tense, STAY in PAST tense:My brother was my best friend. He would alwaysgive me advice if I was having an argument with myboyfriend or if I needed to ask my parents for afavor.If you tell a story in PRESENT tense, STAY in PRESENT tense:My brother is my best friend. He always gives meadvice if I am having an argument with my boyfriendor if I need to ask my parents for a favor.
If you tell a story in FUTURE tense, STAY in FUTURE tense:My brother will be my best friend. He will alwaysgive me advice if I will have an argument with myboyfriend or if I will need to ask my parents for afavor.
It’s the end of our discussion about the Consistency of Verb Tenses. I hope that you learned a lot and enjoyedthe activity. Thank you forlistening! Have a nice day! Thank you for the very informative and lively discussion. Now I can write better paragraphs . I have also gained confidence in writing.
Stay Consistent!If you suspect tense inconsistency in your own writing, or the writing of others.1) THINK about what "tense" or "time" the overall sentence is in - past, presentor future.2) LOCATE verbs (action words) in the sentence, and see what tense they arein.3) RE-READ the sentence, to make sure you understand what it is saying.4) RE-EXAMINE the verbs in the sentence, to make sure they are in aconsistent tense.
AssignmentWrite a paragraph about what you learned in the activitiestoday. Make sure to observe the right Consistency of Tenses.