verb tense combination

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I want to know about verb tense combinations in clauses. Whether the progressive tense(present continuous, past continuous, future continuous) appear in Independent clause? If it is possible then which all tenses can be used in dependent clause?

2. Whether the perfect progressive tense(present perfect continuous, past perfect continuous, future perfect continuous) appear in Independent clause? If it is possible then which all tenses can be used in dependent clause? Please help. Awaiting your early response. Thanks in advance. Regards, Vinayak.C.S.

tense asked Jan 28 '13 at 06:20 vinayak New member

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Vinayak,

 

This is a HUGE question.  I for one don't have the time or energy to give you a complete answer.  Maybe other experts here have more time and energy than I do.  (I noticed you asked the same question on another grammar help webpage recently and got a similar request to narrow your question, make it more specific.)  Typically, people ask more specific questions on here.

 

However, I did find an excellent, detailed (7-page, small font size) summary about how to make appropriate verb tense-aspect choices in English, here:  http://teach-grammar.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Helping-students-make-appropriate-verb-tense-aspect-choices.pdf.  One of the co-authors, Diane Larsen-Freeman, is also the co-author of one of the grammar guides I trust the most. 

 

I suggest that you study it thoroughly, and if you have any specific questions after that, feel free to post them here.

 

I wish you all the best.

 

Shawn

link edited Jan 28 '13 at 12:22 Shawn Mooney Expert

Thanks Shawn. Though this PDF does not cover progressive and perfect progressive tenses, It is a very good reference material for verb tense combination.

vinayakJan 29 '13 at 04:44

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