Here is a helpful post from Adirondack Editing on tenses from the Story Reading Ape blog. Do you know why camping is like writing? You go past tents…sorry for that.
Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.
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What are tenses? They are a term applied to a verb, which is an action word in writing. Merriam-Webster online states that in grammar, a tense is “a … form of a verb expressing a specific time distinction.”
When you look at the different tenses of a verb, you are said to be “conjugating” the verb. Big word, eh?
For an example, we’ll use the verb “to walk.” The differing tenses, or conjugations, of “to walk” are: walk, walks, walked, walking. You can also use “helper” verbs to indicate more tenses: am walking, is walking, have walked, had walked, will be walking, etc.
“I walk” is present tense…
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