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SS2: ENGLISH - 2ND TERM

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When you were in Senior Secondary One, you studied tense forms. You learnt that when a verb indicates time – present, past, future – it is showing tense.

Sequence of Tenses

A sequence of tenses is also known as an agreement of tenses, a succession of tenses, and tense harmony. It has to do with the grammatical rules that govern the agreement between tenses in related clauses or sentences. In this lesson and the next, we will learn about two of the rules:

Rule 1

If the first verb in a sentence or clause is in the present tense, all other verbs in the sentence or clause must also be in the present tense.

Consider the following passage and note the verbs which have been emphasized.

The term cholesterol is perhaps the most widely misunderstood word in nutrition. Most people run away from anything considered rich in cholesterol as if going near would spell doom. But would you believe that the surest way of checking your blood cholesterol level is not to avoid foods that are high in cholesterol. It is better to avoid those that contain saturated fat.

You would notice that all the emphasized verbs in the passage are in the simple present tense. They are – is, run, is, are, contain.

It would be wrong to say or write Obi says that he was the captain of the team.

The first verb of the sentence says – is in the present. Therefore, the second verb was must also be in the present tense. The sentence should correctly read: Obi says that he is the captain of the team.

REFERENCES

  1. Oral English Without Tears by I. Udoka
  2. New Oxford Secondary  English Course for SSS2 by Ayo Banjo et al
  3. Intensive English for SSS2 by Benson O. Oluikpe et al

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