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by sinh
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Meaning of “There is not a direct relationship between verb forms and time.”
Replies: 1
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Meaning of “There is not a direct relationship between verb forms and time.”

In the English grammar book "Practical English Usage", the author Michael Swan said: There is not a direct relationship between verb forms and time. For example, a past verb like went is not only used to talk about past events (e.g. We went to Morocco last January ), but also about unreal or uncerta...
by sinh
Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Meaning of “The Present tense would be syntactically best described as non-past”?
Replies: 2
Views: 650

Re: Meaning of “The Present tense would be syntactically best described as non-past”?

So does the author mean the following: Present tense described semantically: present time as well as future time, but not past time. Present tense described syntactically: Present tense But it would be better described as: Present tense described semantically: non-past time Present tense described ...
by sinh
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Meaning of “The Present tense would be syntactically best described as non-past”?
Replies: 2
Views: 650

Re: Meaning of “The Present tense would be syntactically best described as non-past”?

If I haven't given enough information on §113, this is the full version: §113: First, the ways of referring to the future dealt with in this chapter illustrate the point made in §5: that the Present Tense, from the semantic point of view as well as syntactically, would be best described as 'non-past...
by sinh
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Meaning of “The Present tense would be syntactically best described as non-past”?
Replies: 2
Views: 650

Meaning of “The Present tense would be syntactically best described as non-past”?

I'm reading "Meaning and the English Verb" by Geoffrey Leech and in the paragraph §113 on page 71 he states the following: §113: First, the ways of referring to the future dealt with in this chapter illustrate the point made in §5: that the Present tense, from the semantic point of view as well as s...
by sinh
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: Were the verb forms and structures named after their most typical / common use?
Replies: 1
Views: 479

Were the verb forms and structures named after their most typical / common use?

A verb form like "went" is called a "past tense". However, it is not only used to talk about past events (e.g. We went to Morocco last January), but also about unreal or uncertain present or future events (e.g. It would be better if we went home now). The verb form which is called the "present tense...