EDITING 101: 23 – Tenses…

This is great information for writers. No matter how good we are (or not) at grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc., it’s best to have a set of fresh eyes to look at what you’ve written to check for continuity and clarity of message. Find that help at the site mentioned on this blog. Reblogged from https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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Tenses

What are tenses? They are a term applied to a verb, which is an action word in writing. Merriam-Webster online states that in grammar, a tense is “a … form of a verb expressing a specific time distinction.”

When you look at the different tenses of a verb, you are said to be “conjugating” the verb. Big word, eh?

(HERE is a helpful site for conjugating any English verb) 

For an example, we’ll use the verb “to walk.” The differing tenses, or conjugations, of “to walk” are: walk, walks, walked, walking. You can also use “helper” verbs to indicate more tenses: am walking, is walking, have walked, had walked, will be walking, etc.

I walk” is present tense…

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