Saturday, March 24, 2012

Use of the wrong tense

Using the simple past tense with a recent action, instead of the present perfect.

Don’t say: The clock struck.

ΓΌ Say: The clock has struck.

If we are speaking of an action just finished, we must use the present perfect instead of the simple past tense. For example, immediately after the clock strikes, we shouldn’t say The clock struck, but The clock has struck.

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