English Grammar Tutorials

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  • Simple Conjugate
  • Chapter 10. Tense (Cont'd...)


    10.8 The sequences of tenses (cont'd...)

  • Rule 3: If the subordinate clause is an adjective clause, any tense of the verb in the principal clause may be followed by any tense of the verb in the subordinate clause. For example:
    They knew the boy who stands/ stood/ will stand first in the examination.
  • Rule 4: If two auxiliaries of a principal verb be of different tenses, the principal verb should also be of the same different tenses. Such as:
    He ever has been and will always be my best friend.
    The student has not attended and probably will not attend the class.
    Such a thing is happening, has happened or will happen in a tremulous society.
    Nothing has been or could be more unfortunate than torturing women.
  • Since, as a conjunction should be preceded by a verb in the present perfect tense and followed by a verb in the past tense. For example:
    Ten years have passed since I left my native village.

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