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    my letters and words are placed incorrect (back to front)

    There Two sentences below.Sentence 2 is correct and sentence 1 is incorrect.
    I have a problem i wrote sentence 1 , and my tutor wrote sentence 2.
    I can see my error when both of the sentences are placed together ,however ;is there a rule i can follow so i dont make a simlar mistake.


    1.I have been currently selected for Digital City 2010 in the North East.

    2.I have currently been selected for Digital city


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    Re: my letters and words are placed incorrect (back to front)

    When using present or past perfect tenses, there are two parts to the verb, as you know. The "helping" verb, has/have or had, and the main verb.

    Look at this example:

    Mary had been very nice to me until last week.

    If you wanted to add the word always here, to emphasize and enhance understanding, where would you put it? A general rule in English is to put it between the helping and main verbs. Thus:

    Mary had always been very nice to me until last week.

    In sentences with a helping verb, adverbs are usually more comfortable when placed immediately before the main verb. There are plenty of exceptions to this rule -- adverbs are a highly variable part of speech in English!

    Test yourself (answer at the end):

    John has gone to the store, but he can buy what you need if you call him and ask.

    Where would you put the word already (in the first clause) and where would you put the word probably (in the second clause)?

    As you can see from the test sentence, the same general rule is true for modal verbs... the adverb (in bold) is placed immediately before the main verb:

    We can definitely go shopping this week.
    You shouldn't even think about doing that!
    I would absolutely recommend this movie.

    Sometimes, the adverb can be placed elsewhere, but generally speaking, even if there are other choices for placement, you won't go wrong if you put it immediately before the main verb (in sentences also containing a modal or helping verb).

    Hope this helps. :)

    Answer: John has already gone to the store, but he can probably buy what you need if you call him and ask.

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    Re: my letters and words are placed incorrect (back to front)

    When using present or past perfect tenses, there are two parts to the verb, as you know. The "helping" verb, has/have or had, and the main verb.

    Look at this example:

    Mary had been very nice to me until last week.

    I like your confidence. I have used it alot of times but not realy known?
    If that makes sense.
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    I am guessing


    I had(

    Mary,(help verb) been nice to me last week

    so does the helping verb tell the reader whether its past or present tense

    "had" past tense
    "have" i'm guessing present tense.
    "has" I dont know

    were is the main verb. is "been" the main verb in the sentece above.
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    Re: my letters and words are placed incorrect (back to front)

    Mary had always been very nice to me until last week
    Mary (helping verb) always (main verb)
    Had adverb been
    I (helping verb) currently been
    Had (adverb) (main verb)

    Is there a pattern. Help verb + adverb+ main verb
    I realy hope there is .


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    Re: my letters and words are placed incorrect (back to front)

    Yes, in the sentence, "Mary had been nice to me until last week," had is the helping verb and been is the main verb (past participle of be).

    Remember, for present perfect, the structure is:

    has/have + past participle (the subject, whether singular or plural, dictates the use of has or have)

    And for past perfect:

    had + past participle

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    is i'd the past partiple of i had .

    is that what you mean by past participle.

    cheers

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    Re: my letters and words are placed incorrect (back to front)

    Quote Originally Posted by hansolo View Post
    is i'd the past partiple of i had .

    is that what you mean by past participle.

    cheers
    The Perfect looks like this, HAVE + -ed/-en. In other words, it's made up of (1) a form of the verb HAVE and (2) a past participle. A past participle is a word that ends in -ed or -en (there are of course irregular forms. Click here). For example:

    I have/had seen
    You have/had done <irregular form>
    She has/had walked
    He has/had run <irregular form>
    They have/had sung <irregular form>

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