Aug 29

The Story of Grammar & Tenses in English…

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Once upon a time, in a far away country called England, lived a little boy named Graham…

Present

This little boy was still very little and so everything around him was present…

His life was all present… permanently present… although sometimes it was only temporary present and so within the limits of limited period… still all his life was present…

Past

Yet, as present as it may be, Graham was growing and was beginning to develop experience and collect memories as his life was extending… he began to be aware of his past… now the past was the past but there was more past than mere past… some past was over and done and some past had gone on for some time… and some past still was before some other past…

Present Perfect

And some past was still present… yes some things in his life were in the past… and yet they were also still in the present… there were not only past and they were not exclusively present… there was no other way he could think or talk about those events… they were both past and present… like in between and yet in both times… they were so many times in his life now…

Future

And then… before he knew it… he realised there was another period of time now stretching long and far ahead of him… the future with all its potential adventures… some predictable future and some intentional future… while some future was decidedly certain and taking shape…

Conditional

That was when he found some things needed to be negotiated… and called for another tense… for other times to come… those things came and went hither and thither… and sometimes just came and… went… he could and would but eventually maybe didn’t…

Imperative

And so he decided that there were times when he had to jump into action and just said Let’s… and so little Graham had grown and was now ready to conquer the world…

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Comprehensive-Teacher-Jesse-Craignou/dp/1482731045/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1503683095&sr=1-1

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