Rules For Tenses
Rule For Tenses
Tenses are form of verb that reflects the time of action happened or happening or will happen. Some general tenses used are present, past, and future. However, they comprise sub-sections to describe the precise time of action. Most of the competitive examinations include questions regarding tenses to check the communication and grammar skills of contenders appearing. There are some rules need to keep in mind while answering the questions related to tenses:
1. The major objective is to have thorough knowledge regarding verbs and their forms as to determine time of action correctly.
2. We take s/es with the singular verbs and when the subject is plural. In case the subject is plural, s/es cannot be used.
Example. Girl walks.
3. One of the basic formula is using ‘has’ with he/she/it and ‘have’ with you/we/they.
4. It is important to remember that a past tense within the participle clause always goes with past tense in the subordinate clause.
Example. He found out that she was not at home.
5. If a principle clause takes future tense with it, then subordinate clauses cannot be used in the future tense and rather use the subordinating clauses starting with until, before, when, after, etc.
Example. I will call you when lunch is served. You shall sit until she returns.
6. Always remember that clauses such as what if, wish that, if only, etc. takes past tense with them.
Example. I wish I had been there when my friend left.
7. Proper use of tense is required while describing a situation or action taking place at the present but the exact time or moment is not known.
Example. Suzanne is working somewhere in the States.
8. The ending verb is conjugated to identify the reference of time or action within the sentence.