Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    rmickas1 is offline Newbie
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    1
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default correct error-Use of present tenses (present simple, present perfect....)

    Consider the following student errors. After each error, state:
    i) What the mistake is.
    ii) Why you think it has been made.
    iii) How you would explain and correct the mistake with a student.

    a) I am a secretary for five years.

    i)

    ii)


    iii)

    b) I have eat breakfast.

    i)

    ii)


    iii)

    c) Shes liked him since six months.

    i)


    ii)


    iii)







    d) When you start work?
    i)
    ii)
    iii)


    e) Ive been knowing her for three months.

    i)


    ii)


    iii)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    2,036
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: correct error-Use of present tenses (present simple, present perfect....)

    a) I am a secretary for for five years.

    i) Simple present instead of the present perfect

    ii) First language transference

    iii) The speaker has five years of experience as a secretary. This started in the past and continues until now. To express this, we use have + past participle. This form is called the "present perfect". Here is the correct sentence: I have been a secretary for five years. This means that the speaker became a secretary five years ago and is still a secretary now. Once again, in order to express this, it is necessary to use the present perfect, not the simple present. The simple present just speaks of what is true now. It does speak in an explicit way about the past, as the present perfect does.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    2,036
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: correct error-Use of present tenses (present simple, present perfect....)

    b) I have eat breakfast.

    i) Wrong past participle form

    ii) Forgot to add "en" - most likely a performance error - if not then it's simply a case of remembering or studying the correct form.


    iii) The sentence is incorrect because you didn't write, or say, the past participle correctly. Add "en" to "eat" - "eaten.

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] Totally lost - Present perfect
    By engpoem in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-Oct-2008, 05:51
  2. [Grammar] Past simple VS present perfect simple
    By engpoem in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-Oct-2008, 05:44
  3. Present perfect and present continuous tenses
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-May-2007, 07:24
  4. Present Perfect Simple VS Present perfect continue
    By esophea in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 23-Jan-2007, 04:12
  5. present perfect and simple past
    By ripley in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 26-Sep-2004, 14:16

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •