13 May 2019
In this article we are going to look at examples of mistakes in the use of tenses in English, which are often made by people learning a language. As well as examples of how to build such sentences correctly.
We will call you when we finish. – YES
Call me in case you have problems. - YES
A common mistake is to use will in both parts of conditional sentences. It is necessary to remember that we do NOT put will / would after if, when, as soon as, in case, etc. in Conditionals.
I watched the film two months ago. – YES
She has met him before. - YES
I haven’t seen him since I stopped working there. – YES
I have been learning Spanish since 2017. – YES
She stopped smoking a month ago. – YES
If we say that the action happened some time ago, in English we use exactly the word AGO.
John found a job two last month. He had graduated from the university half a year before. – YES
Past perfect is used for actions or events that occurred before other actions in the past. The word BEFORE is an indication of Past perfect.
He still hasn’t bought a new car. – YES
They still are abroad. – NO
They are still abroad. – YES
We put Still BEFORE the main verb or AFTER the verb To BE.
They haven’t reached an agreement yet. – YES
Yet – is a marker of Present perfect. It is used in negative sentences and we put it in the end.
I will have done it until the end of the week. – NO
Until is used only in negative sentences.
I went to the theatre three times last month. – YES
The construction Used to is NOT used with exact time in the past.
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