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Rebekah Estey Matthew DeLeon Tamra DeJacimo Chris Bernardo
Verb tenses describe “when” an action is in progress. When shifting verb tenses, the shifts must remain consistent to the time frame set for the narrative (past or present). However, only shift when necessary. Whenever possible, try to remain in the present tense. This is the tense which is currently happening. Use the past tense when describing an event which has already happened.
Present Perfect (present perfect) Imperfect Pluperfect (past perfect) Future Future Perfect Actions happening at this very moment Ex: I love you, cupcake. Includes: infinitives Actions happening in the past. Ex: I loved you, cupcake. Ongoing actions in the past. Ex: I used to love you, cupcake. Actions that will take place. Ex: I will love you, cupcake. Actions which must happen in order to bring about another action. Ex: Had I loved you, cupcake. Actions that will be completed some time in the future. Ex: I will have loved you, cupcake. To make room for the cupcake!
Let us take this sentence: When I was a child I want to be a ninja. The verb was is the past tense of the verb to be. Thus, the narrator has chosen this tense for the “base” of the rest of his/her narrative. Now, look at the verb “wants”. What tense is it? Let’s not be stupid. It’s present, obviously. But, wasn’t the base for the narrative, past tense? So, then what is the past tense of “wants”? Thus, our sentence should be: When I was a child, I wanted to be a ninja.
wow, now that’s redundant… Just because the narrator has set up a base, doesn’t mean we always put everything in the same tense. It would just sound funny and might I say, BORING! I saw a cat yesterday. It had black fur and a patch on its eye. It meowed. The End. Okay, so maybe not like that kind of boring, but still… A base is, simply, a time setting for when the narrator wishes to “base” his/her story. This means that it can be point B on a line chart, but it will always have a point A and C: Now let us modify ‘afore said story: Two days ago I had gone to the market and found this ugly excuse for a cat. So, I kicked it and it meowed. The End. The base = past tense, because it was an event which happened “two days ago.” However, it uses not just the past (point B), but an event which happened prior to the past (pluperfect), or point A. ABC
Active Voice Where the subject does the action Ex: Marcus beats Sextus with a stick. Marcus cum baculo verberat Sextum. Marcus is the main subject of the sentence. He is the one doing the action. Thus the sentence is in the active voice. Passive Voice The subject receives the action Ex: Sextus is beaten by Marcus with a stick. Sextus cum baculo verberatus est Marco. Sextus is now the main subject of the sentence, however he is receiving the action. Thus the sentence is in the passive voice. It is preferable for many teachers to remain in the active voice. So, try to stay away from the passive voice, as it is too wordy, compared to the simplicity and directness of the active. And, most of all, try to avoid switching between active and passive voice. By the way…
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