Structure: Introduction to Sequence of Tenses II
In our previous lesson on sequence of tenses, we discussed the rule that if the first verb in a sentence is in the present tense, all other verbs in the sentence must be in the present tense.
He leaves for work early every morning, returns late at night and goes to bed without taking his dinner.
If the first verb in a sentence is in the past tense, other verbs in the sentence must be in the past tense.
1. He came into my room and removed the book on the table.
2. She left the hostel without permission, travelled to Lagos and spent two weeks there.
3. He thought that the authorities had rewarded us adequately for our efforts.
When expressing continuing states and universal or eternal truths, the tenses do not need to be in sequence.
1. The Man Died is a book that was written by Wole Soyinka about his prison experience. (continuing state)
2. Our teacher taught us that the world is round. (eternal truth)
3. The preacher said that God is merciful. (eternal truth)
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 B. O. Oluikpe et al.