The Perfect Tense

The Perfect Tense

What do you know about the perfect tense? While all languages have their positive attributes, be it structure, rhythm, sound or lexis, English has one of the most unique tenses. It is one that we tend to forget all about when we are writing. In some manner it does exist in some other languages, but not to the extent that it can be used in English. What is it? It is the present perfect. More correctly it should be called an aspect rather than a tense, but I won’t quibble about its grammatical name. In my view, it should be renamed the experience tense, the tense of the living or

The Big English Present

The Big English Present

The Present in English grammar is very, very big! The grammatical term of the present in English is a bit of trap. Yes, it is tense, but when combined with the four basic aspects of simple, progressive (or continuous), perfect and perfect progressive the concept of the present being the now type present goes out the window. The confusion starts with the present simple. It is big. Really big. So big in fact that it swallows up the past and future and sticks them together. For example. I am a man. Could I have been a woman last year? Or will I change into a woman in five years? No,