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Sequence of Tenses: Simple Present

November 5 and 6, 2003

The simple present tense is one of the more important ones in English. It can be used in the independent clause along with all other English tenses in the subordinate clause. Tonight, we'll look at two examples for practice.

Simple Present + Present Continuous

I need quiet + when I am studying for the test.

His teacher is angry + , because he is always coming to class late.

Simple Present + Present Perfect

I eat potatoes every day + because I have always loved them.

I can't do my homework very well + after I have worked hard all day.

Writing Exercise:

Write a paragraph about one of your favourite physical activities.

Use one simple present + present continuous combination and one simple present + present perfect combination.

Begin with a good topic sentence. End with a good concluding sentence.

Include one vivid example that shows rather than tells. View a Teacher Writing Sample: "Cutting the Lawn"


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