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On the history of the definite tenses in English

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Published by Berlingska boktryckeriet in Lund .
Written in English


  • English language -- Tense.,
  • English language -- Grammar, Historical.

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Edition Notes

Statementby Alfred Åkerlund.
LC ClassificationsPE1301 .A2 1911
The Physical Object
Paginationx, 101 p.
Number of Pages101
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14032374M
LC Control Number35002400

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ENGLISH GRAMMAR, TENSES Page 9 of 38 Present Perfect Tense I have sung The present perfect tense is a rather important tense in English, but it gives speakers of some languages a difficult time. That is because it uses concepts or ideas that do not exist in those languages. In fact, the structure of the. The word "the" is one of the most common words in English. It is our only definite article. Nouns in English are preceded by the definite article when the speaker believes that the listener already knows what he is referring to. The speaker may believe this for many different reasons, some of which are listed below. When to use ";the" General rules Use the to refer to. The tense through which any action or event of past is expressed, is considered as Past Indefinite Tense in English grammar. We use this tense in order to express the acts of past using some past tense markers phrases in most of the places. Most importantly, the past form of a verb in the sentence is considered as the basic sign of past indefinite tense. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (p) expands its discussion of the use of the simple past in the following extract: It is not necessary for the past tense .

1. for something previously mentioned: yesterday I read a book the book was about space travel (This is the anaphoric, or 'pointing back,' function of the definite article); 2. for a unique or fixed referent: the Prime Minister, the Lord, the Times, the Suez Canal; 3. for a generic referent: (I love) the piano, (We are concerned about) the unemployed; 4. for something which is part of Author: Richard Nordquist. always, every , never, normally, often, seldom, sometimes, usually. if sentences type I (If I talk, ) Present Progressive. A: He is speaking. N: He is not speaking. Q: Is he speaking? action taking place in the moment of speaking. action taking place only for a limited period of .   In English grammar, the "historical present" is the use of a verb phrase in the present tense to refer to an event that took place in the past. In narratives, the historical present may be used to create an effect of immediacy. Also called the "historic present Author: Richard Nordquist. Present Uses 1: We use the present simple when something is generally or always true. • People need food.  • It snows in winter here.  • Two and two make four.    2: Similarly, we need to use this tense for a situation that we think is more or less permanent.