Verb TensesVerb TensesHow to distinguish different verbHow to distinguish different verbtenses when tutoringtenses when tutoring
WHY THE TOPIC?• During the tutoring session, I believethat many tutees often write theiressays with wrong verb tenses.• I want to learn it myself.
IMPORTANCE FORCORRECT VERB TENSES• Clear and easy to understand• Consistency• To express the event with properverb tenses
HOW TO FIND THE VERB?• Underline the possible verbs that show orimply some action.• Change the time of the sentence and findthe word that changes.• *Some verbs may contain two words “ex: Iam going to school.”(from Judy’s grammarpackage)
EDITING ADVICE• Do all the verbs belong to the time cluster(present, past, or future) in one paragraph?• If yes, ask yourself that does each verb conveyprecisely the time you had in mind, therelationship to other times or actions, and theidea of an action completed or in progress?• If no, look carefully at the verbs that do not fit.Is there a reason for the switch in time? Then,rewrite the verb that provides the appropriateindication of time.(from Ann Raime’s grammar toublespots)
1.ASSIGNMENTS THATMAY USE PRESENT TENSES• The assignment that talks about“who I am.”• The assignment that compares thenew grading system with the oldone (writing about the new system).• The assignment that introducesourselves.
MEANING• Activities or events that occurringin the present.• Summarizing pieces of writing,films, plays.• Stating ongoing opinions, beliefs,habits, and facts.• Ex: I ride a bike to schooleveryday.• (from Judy’s grammar package)
Verbs in the simplepresent tense• Singular:• Writes• Studies• walks• Plural:• Write• Study• Walk