change from simple present to simple past tense


1. I  go to school everyday.


2. The food smells really nice today.


I would like to know whether the main verb alone changes or even the adverbs like today and everyday.

asked Feb 26 '13 at 02:31 gomathyc New member

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Sanjay is correct that in sentence #2, the adverb today must change to some past-tense adverb such as yesterday, but it could also be that day, the day before yesterday, or whatever the actual time phrase should be when transposed into the past tense.


However, in sentence #1, it is incorrect to transpose everyday to yesterday.  These 2 adverbs have completely different meanings.  The past tense sentence should be I went to school everyday, and the context would have been already set out so that the meaning is clear that, in a certain past period, the subject attended school everyday.   

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