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Past Perfect Tense

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SQUENCE OF TENSES

TENSES There are twelve (12) tenses and each one has its own special use. ’Tense and ‘Time ‘mean different things – Tense is the change which takes place in the structure (i.e. farm) of the verb to donate time.   THE PRESENT SIMPLE TENSE This is used for something known to be true. Example. Dogs are animals. *The sun shines during the day. *Sugar is sweet.   THE PRESENT CONTINOUS TENSE This can be used when we want to tell people that something is happening now, at the very moment of writing or speaking. E.g * I am going to lagos * Daniel is writing a letter *Nneka is insulting her friend. * Yakubu is dancing.   THE PRESENT PERFECT TENSE It shows that a past activity is closely or almost joined to the present. Example *She has written a letter. * We have waited for four hours *They have… Read More »SQUENCE OF TENSES

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PAST TENSE

SIMPLE PAST TENSE Regular verbs form their past tense by adding ‘-ed’ to the simple form of the tense, while irregular verbs form their past tense in different ways. Example:  Dada worked in the farm yesterday.  (regular) The boys talked to me this morning. (regular) We ate last night. (irregular) She spoke kindly to me. (irregular)   PAST PERFECT TENSE The perfective aspect is formed by combining a form of the verb ‘have’ with the main verb in the past participial form. ‘Have’ becomes ‘had’ EXAMPLES: I  had been to Lagos. Tunde had eaten his food before my arrival.   PAST PERFECT CONTINOUS TENSE It is the combination of the progressive and perfective aspect. It must be represented in the past tense. EXAMPLES: I had been coming to this place now for two years. I had been attending Good Shepherd School since primary school   EVALUATION Write ten sentences, highlighting… Read More »PAST TENSE

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THE PERFECT TENSES

The perfect tenses are used to show that an action was completed or that a condition existed before a given time. The perfect tenses are formed using has, have, or had before the past participles i.e. Verb forms ending in -ed.   Examples: Present Perfect Tense: Ceasar has just finished his homework. Kalu and Njoroge have now agreed to meet. Present Perfect Continuous Tense Kibet has been working in his shamba for two hours. We have been swimming in this pool for ten minutes. Past Perfect Tense We had completed the work by the time the supervisor came. Nobody knew that she had already remarried. Past Perfect Continuous Tense I had been trying to contact him for two hours before he finally appeared. Mrs. Manuel had been feeling unwell the whole week before she decided to visit a doctor. Future Perfect Tense Agege will have sold his goats by 2… Read More »THE PERFECT TENSES

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