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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #105524: We'd still like to work on more tenses ...(2/2)
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    We'd still like to work on more tenses ...(2/2)


    Tenses, tenses !  ... We'd still like to work MORE on tenses ....

     

    Mixed tenses, linked  to the past, especially !

    * Remember, I started telling you a story : I'll go on ! The tense used for that narration will still be the simple past.

    ex : The poor seamstress wanted to buy flowers to herself, a huge heap of flowers ...

     

    * In that narration, we have met the 2 forms of preterites.  (simultaneously or not !),

    long action (the important one) => preterite in -ing    and     short action   =>  simple past


    ex : She went to a luxurious flower boutique in Covent Garden ...

    ex : She was picking and choosing all sorts of extraordinary flowers ...

     

    * We have seen actions happening  before an action in the simple past ; Then, it was in the past perfect simple (or in -ing if we wanted to insist on the length of the action)

                                     had + verb in the past participle   or had + been + verb + ing  

     

    ex: She had saved enough money to realize her dream.

    ex: Forever, she had been living a dull uneventful life !

     

    * We could use a future (if the action wasn't done yet !)

    ex : What will her landlady think of this unexpected delivery ?

    * If the action had a link with the past, we used    the conditional = would + verb  (it gets on well with the past !)

    ex : She wouldn't spend her little money on flowers.

     

    * We have also met prepositions, preceding a verb  => preposition +V+ing ('before going shopping')

    ... and adverbs following them : 'she was grateful for having...'

    * We have also used  gerunds, and  present et past participles ...  (She started scrimping ...) (She had bought ... ), a few passive forms, too. What a pleasure !

    Are you ready to follow Myrtle's great adventure with still many verbal forms, all mixed up  for your own good ?!

    May the Force be with you !  

     

     

                                                        





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    After paying a tremendous sum for the flowers, Myrtle 'To My Best Friend' on the card and her own name and address. Very excited, she home to wait for the delivery. her for this extraordinary gift ? What with these rich flowers full of subtle fragrances ? It'll be Heaven ! A one, but still : Pure Heaven !
    Several hours later she for the ring at her door ... At the end of the day, any longer, she to her landlady's. The landlady said : 'Yes ! of course, the postman came ! Hours ago, there was a boxful of extraordinary flowers for Miss Brown, but I was sure they for you ! They were so precious, so sophisticated ... Therefore, I to Miss Elvira Brown, the former Opera singer who next door ! ' Myrtle Brown's world suddenly . She ran away and into fountains of tears, alone, in her little room ...
    that terrible catastrophe ? (That's what it is ...) Nobody can tell, really ... Who can help her ? Poor Myrtle ... :-(







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