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English Grammar Common Errors in the use of Tenses

 English Grammar Common Errors in the use of Tenses.

English Grammar Common Errors in the use of Tenses

Incorrect: It is raining for three days.

Correct:It has been raining for three days.


Incorrect:  He is sleeping for three hours now.

Correct:He has been sleeping for three hours now.

Note: In the above two sentences, the error lies in using the present continuous instead of using the present perfect continuous.

Generally, The present perfect continuous tense is used to talk about an action that started in the past and still going in the present.


Incorrect: My friend has seen her yesterday.

Correct:My friend saw her yesterday.


Incorrect: I have bought a new car last week.

Correct:I bought a new car last week.

Note:In the above two sentences, the error lies in using the present perfect tense instead of the simple past tense. Generally, The present perfect tense can’t be used with adverbs of past time like yesterday, last weak, last year, ago, etc,.


Incorrect: See that you will not do any damage.

Correct:See that you do not do any damage.

Note: Using the subordinate clause in the future tense is wrong when the verb in the main clause

is in the imperative mood.


Incorrect: I will call you when the match will start.

Correct:I will call you when the match starts.


Incorrect: You will pass if you will work hard.

Correct: You will pass ifhard.


Note: When the verb in the main clause is in the future tense, the verb in the subordinate clause

should be in the simple present and not in the simple future.

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