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    Sequence of tenses : The Student and the Rose (1/3)


    It is well-known that tenses and especially the sequence of tenses frighten the students ... and it is the main problem that you'll meet in exercises of Written Expression and also in oral expression.  That's why it's necessary to work on tenses very much, to do the exercises again and again. (It's normal to have to do the exercises several times, especially if you have to work on a narration, a whole text, so as to respect its logic ... You won't only have to use 'the right tenses', but also to pay attention to the  context, to the sequence of tenses and also to the form of the speech which is used (direct or reported), so as to make the necessary adjustments !

    The story is logical, the text and the tenses must be coherent. Take advantage of all the clues which are given to you, the milestones which are indicated, the words playing the role of time-markers which are given or just alluded to. All these elements will help you find THE RIGHT verbal form! 


                THE STUDENT AND THE ROSE  (Part 1 ...)


    We are here in the universe of fairy-tales ... Lizzards speak and laugh, and so do daisies ... The text is beginning in the middle of a drama  ... A young, but very poor man in Love, wants to conquer his Beloved Lady's heart at a Ball which she is to attend.

    There will be competition ... Yet, the Young Man has decided to give the Young Lady the most romantic present :  a red rose , the symbol of Love ... but .....







    This story was adapted from The Nightingale and the Rose  by Oscar Wilde. 



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    Once upon a time, in a wonderful and huge garden with many varieties of coloured flowers, a poor Student tears of love... He in love with a beautiful young Lady and to a ball with her. During the ball, he with her and would tell her that he her... Life was beautiful, wasn't it ? Well... not really !
    If the Student with him, he give her a red rose ! Then, she'll dance, and dance with him and love him back, and they will be happy ever after ! Yet, as there are no red roses in the beautiful garden, the Student for a red rose...
    He had a lot of friends in the garden : a little Green Lizard who and laughed at him when the Student told him...'How very silly to cry for a red rose !' and the Lizard ran away ! The Butterfly and the Daisy were equally indifferent to the Student's tears. On the contrary, the Nightingale, who , understood the Student's sorrow and away to try to find a red rose for him. She went to all the rose-trees in the garden... Several were white like the snow... Others were yellow, like daffodils (jonquilles), or the hair of the Mermaid on her Throne... The only rose-tree with red roses had no flowers because the winter and the storms his buds, and he no roses at all that year...
    The Nightingale and willing to help... She flew to the rose trees again and asked one of them with anguish : 'One red rose is all I need... no way by which I can get it ? ' 'THERE'S A WAY!' answered the tree....

    to be continued....

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