Don’t get Tensed about Tenses

Tenses tend to be difficult to get right. However it is important to know the correct tense of a verb as this helps us to communicate properly.

Here is an example: I cry for Manny yesterday, Mayweather beat him mercilessly.

I cry for Manny yesterday is incorrect.

It should be; I CRIED for Manny yesterday, Mayweather beat him mercilessly.

Remember not to confuse the present tense and the past tense.
Tenses must correspond to the situation and they indicate the time an action takes place.

Tense and Time
It is important not to confuse the name of a verb tense with the way we use it to talk about time. For instance, the present tense does not always mean the present time.

For example: I hope he competes with the others tomorrow.

  • ‘Competes’ in the previous sentence is in the Simple Present Tense but it refers to the Future Time [tomorrow].

We can also use the example, If he had a car now, he could drive home.

  • ‘Had’ is in the Simple Past Tense but in the previous sentence it refers to the Present Time [now].

For example: You visited them next week is incorrect.

The correct version should be: You will visit them next week.

Remember, if the intended action hasn’t yet occurred, the verb should be conjugated in the future tense.

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