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Faulty Verb Tense


Nolan DeVoe

on 4 October 2012

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Transcript of Faulty Verb Tense

FAULTY VERB TENSE WHAT IS A FAULTY VERB TENSE? Writers should keep the elements in a sentence consistent, avoiding any unnecessary changes in tense, voice, mood, person, number, and discourse. Such unnecessary changes, or "shifts," may make reading difficult and obscure the sentence's meaning for the reader. She caught the ball and then throws it to the catcher for the out. For example... Whenever the alarm clock rings, I yawn, stretch, and roll over for another
fifteen minutes of sleep. (all present tense)
The prima donna opened her arms to the audience, smiled, and bowed
deeply. (all past tense) Correct Examples Except for special cases where the intended meaning requires a change in tense, maintain the same tense within a sentence. Beth had been working on the research project for almost three years before she made the first discovery. (past perfect and past) For example... When a sentence contains a verb in the wrong tense or when an improper shift in tense occurs. Correct sentence: She caught the ball and then threw it to the catcher for the out. Recently the largest bank in the area lowered its interest rate on loans; the directors want to stimulate borrowing. (past and present) He went to the store and buys the chair. Correct Form! He went to the store and bought the chair. :) Another Example...
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