SEQUENCE OF VERBS

SEQUENCE OF VERBS

We should note that there are rules guiding the relation between the time expressed in the main clause and that expressed in the subordinate clause.

The rule therefore states that when the verb in the independent or main clause is in the present tense, the verb in the subordinate clause should also be in the present tense as in:

Ngozi   loves rice,      because           it          is                    delicious.

(Present tense)                                                    (Present tense)

Another one is that when the verb in the main clause is in the past tense, the verb in the subordinate clause should also be in past tense. E.g:

I            was                 angry, when     Tom   called me       Rasky

(Past tense)                                                                    (Past tense)

Present tense can occur with other tense forms as long as they are correct and can be explained according to the context in which the tense forms have been used.

We can have the mixture of the tense forms in sequence as in:

Bode        understands            that      you         are                working           hard.

(Simple Present)                            (Present Progressive)

QUESTIONS

  1. What is a sequence of verb?
  2. Mention the rules guiding the sequence of verb.
  3. Explain the mixture of tense in English.

 

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