Inconsistent Verb Tense

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Inconsistent Verb Tense

  1. 1. Inconsistent Verb Tense Savanna Johnson Carolyn Hesse
  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 three simple tenses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Past </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Present </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Simple Tense Examples <ul><li>The car door opens easily. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The present tense shows that the action occurs now . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The car door opened , and the woman stepped out. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The past tense shows that the action occurred in the past . </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Simple Tense Examples <ul><li>The car door will open , and I will jump out. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The future tense shows that the action will occur eventually . </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Tense Shift <ul><li>Once you begin a sentence with a certain 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 inconsistent verb tense. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Keep It Consistent! <ul><li>Remember, keeping tense consistent makes your message clear and creates a nice flow. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are telling a story that already happened, makes sure all of your verbs are in past tense. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Essay Verb Tense <ul><li>Usually, when writing about fictional events, write in the present tense. </li></ul><ul><li>Incorrect: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In chapter three, Huck complained about the Widow Douglas. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Correct: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In chapter three, Huck complains about the Widow Douglas. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Now You Try! <ul><li>Fix the sentence below: </li></ul><ul><li>I told her that she can come over any time and I will be happy to help her. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Corrected Sentence <ul><li>I told her that she could come over any time and I would be happy to help her. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Now You Try! <ul><li>Fix the sentence below: </li></ul><ul><li>When we arrived , we are upset to learn we have missed the party. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Corrected Sentence <ul><li>When we arrived , we were upset to learn that we had missed the party. </li></ul>
  12. 12. NOTE <ul><li>Certain tenses and modals are usually used together </li></ul><ul><li>Present tense with can and will and have </li></ul><ul><li>Past tense with could and would and had </li></ul>
  13. 13. Can Inconsistent Verb Tense Ever Be Correct? <ul><li>The answer is yes </li></ul><ul><li>When there is a shift in time frame different verb tenses can be used </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When shifting from general description to a specific occasion </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Example of Mixed Verb Tense <ul><li>Huck Finn is a clever boy who doesn’t like to follow the rules, and as a result, he often gets into trouble. On one occasion, he escaped from Pap’s cabin and ran away to avoid civilization. </li></ul>
  15. 15. THE END!!!

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