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by TS
Thu Jun 07, 2007 4:31 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the difference of this two sentences?
Replies: 27
Views: 16334

Re: What's the difference of this two sentences?

1. Are you spending too much time online? 2. Do you spend too much time online? Any difference in meaning between the two sentences? To understand better, you should have asked the three tenses at once: 1. Are you spending too much time online? 2. Do you spend too much time online? 3. Have you been...
by TS
Thu May 31, 2007 9:57 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 44157

In the old way of explaining tense, since people have been clinching on one-sentence basis (using one sentence and one tense in illustrating the use of a tense), they have long confused tense and sentence as one and the same. They can no longer separate action from time. Now as they see the time is ...
by TS
Sat May 26, 2007 1:43 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 44157

Any time before now is past. Even the past second or the past minute is past time. Therefore, it is beyond doubt that "the past three months" is a past time. With the adjective 'past', doesn't the time adverbial declare itself clear enough that it is a past time? But the problem is, it can stay with...
by TS
Fri May 25, 2007 7:34 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 44157

Or put another way, if you have to ask these questions, why are you the host of englishtense.com? Didn't you see my reason at the beginning? "I am studying the nomenclature of Since." As people agree that tense is used to express time, I am trying to learn more about how to call a time past, presen...
by TS
Fri May 25, 2007 6:36 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 44157

If you are the host of englishtense.com, why do you have to ask these questions? What questions? Do you mean we should not ask simple questions here in the discussion forum? Any time before now is past. Even the past minute or the past second is past time, so "the past three months" must be a past ...
by TS
Tue May 22, 2007 7:57 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 44157

May I ask one more question? What is the time of "in the past three months"?
Ex: He has worked there in the past three months.
Is it past, present, or future?
by TS
Mon May 21, 2007 9:25 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 44157

Tense refers to the way verb endings change in order to show differences in time for an event. In English there are two tenses, past and present. I am aware of this ABC, and I agree with you 100 percent. Now "I have worked here since 2000" obviously talks about time, as you will not deny. The quest...
by TS
Sun May 20, 2007 8:58 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 44157

So a better example would be "Tony Blair has been Prime Minister since 1987." The example is "good" in that it illustrates the fact that the present perfect deals with past time from the point "now." It looks back in time from the present (hence the term present perfect) into the past and is theref...
by TS
Sat May 19, 2007 4:42 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 44157

Kevin Vosper wrote:
(Yes I know it's not strictly true but it is a good example).
If it is not strictly true, why is it a good example?

What about "I have worked here since 2000"? That is, I am still working here. Is it a past time too? If it is, why do we use Present Perfect?
by TS
Sat May 19, 2007 3:44 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: What kind of time is Since 2000?
Replies: 36
Views: 44157

What kind of time is Since 2000?

I am the host of englishtense.com, and I am studying the nomenclature of Since.
Is "since 2000" a past time, present time, or future time? Thank you.