Bibliophile wrote:... she mentioned she had a friend that would like English lessons ...
PigBloodCake wrote:Bibliophile wrote:... she mentioned she had a friend that would like English lessons ...
Too bad they're no longer friends
Bibliophile wrote:Oops, guilty as charged. Maybe skulz shud teech gramma?
... she mentioned she had a friend that would like English lessons ...
--"A Short Overview of English Syntax, Based on The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language," from "Related Documents of Potential Interest," from the webpages of Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum's book, A Student's Introduction to English Grammar, on the Linguistics and English Language site of the University of Edinburgh http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/grammar/overview.htmlii Backshift * * * b. I thought it started tomorrow.
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In [iib] my original thought was `It starts tomorrow': again present tense starts is shifted back to preterite started. This example shows very clearly that the backshift use is not the same as the past time use, for clearly the starting is not in the past.
--"Verb Tense Consistency," from "Writing Skills," from the Academic Skills Center, the University of Canberra http://www.canberra.edu.au/studyskills/ ... mmar#tenseNot only must you know which tense to use, you must use tenses consistently.
For example, when you are describing something that is happening now, stick to the present tenses, and when you are describing something that happened in the past, stick to the past tenses.
--"Improve Your Writing," Faculty of Arts, University of Bristol http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises ... age_31.htmA common mistake is to change tense in the middle of a sentence or paragraph.
[Example:] I was quite surprised how well I feel. (Past tense becomes present.)
--H. W. and F. G. Fowler, The King's English, 2nd ed. http://www.bartleby.com/116/503.htmlWe offer three conjectural emendations : * * * ; 'I have now seen him, and though I did
not see him for long, I perceived that he was a man who . . . ' ; . . .
--Kurt Vonnegut, letter to his daughter NannetteWhen things go well for days on end, it is an hilarious accident.
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