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    Default How many kinds has a sentence?

    Hi teachers,

    1) How many kinds of tenses are there? Correct?
    2) What are the kinds of tenses? Correct?
    3) How many kinds has each tense? Correct?
    4) How many kinds has a sentence? Correct?
    5) What are the kinds of a sentence?



    Many many thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: How many kinds has a sentence?

    Sorry. I don't understand any of your questions.

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    Default Re: How many kinds has a sentence?

    I'm not sure what you mean by kinds of tense, but with sentences, I would use sentence types, not kinds.

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    Default Re: How many kinds has a sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem PTC View Post
    Hi teachers,

    1) How many kinds of tenses are there? Correct? kinds, tenses, are - yes
    2) What are the kinds of tenses? Correct? are, kinds, tenses, - yes
    3) How many kinds has each tense? Correct? awkward and semantically odd. "How many dolls has each girl" might make more sense but will still be quite awkward.
    4) How many kinds has a sentence? Correct? This doesn't make sense
    5) What are the kinds of a sentence? No.



    Many many thanks in advance.
    Il ignored the issues about "type" vs. "kind" (I agree with the suggestion to change it to "type") and tried to ignore the oddness of the question.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: How many kinds has a sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    ...I ...tried to ignore the oddness of the question.
    Yet again we have students who care more about the grammar than the meaning. I dont quite agree with Lewis Carroll's character's 'Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves', but I do wish people would ask about meaningful sentences,

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    Default Re: How many kinds has a sentence?

    Thank you everybody and Barb.

    Can you correct 3 and 4?

    Tenses = three = Present, Past, Future
    Kinds = four = Indefinite, Continuous, Perfect, Perfect Continuous

    Kinds of sentence = four = Affirmative, Negative, Interrogative, Interrogative Negative.

    I hope it makes sense.
    Last edited by Naeem PTC; 02-Jul-2012 at 19:32.

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    Default Re: How many kinds has a sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem PTC View Post
    I would like ask if I have formed those sentences correctly or not? As if I want to ask someone; how many kinds of tenses are there and other sentences? I hope all of you will understand what I was trying to ask.
    Whether the sentences are correctly formed or not is largely irrelevant if the sentences have no real meaning. There are not really different kinds/types of tenses in the sense that there are different kinds of schools.

    So, it makes sense to discuss the following sentences, but not sentences about kinds of tenses:

    1) How many types of secondary schools are there in England?
    2) What are the types of secondary schools?
    3) How many kinds has each secondary school?
    4) How many kinds has a secondary school?
    5) What are the kinds of a secondary school?

    The first two are possible. the last three are not.

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    Default Re: How many kinds has a sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem PTC View Post
    Tenses = three = Present, Past, Future
    Kinds = four = Indefinite, Continuous, Perfect, Perfect Continuous

    I hope it makes sense.
    If you are talking about English, most grammarians today consider there are only two tenses, usually called 'present' and 'past'.

    Many grammarians consider that apart from the 'simple' tense forms (as seen in 'I work' and 'I worked'), there are continuous/progressive ('I am working'), and perfect ('I have worked) aspects. These can be combined ('I have been working'). Michael Lewis, who thinks of the perfect aspect as the 'retrospective aspect' considers that there is a 'prospective aspect' ('I am going to work'). I think it might be useful to consider forms with 'used to' as a 'habitual aspect', but that is not an idea that is geberally accepted.

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    Default Re: How many kinds has a sentence?

    Thank you. 5jj

    I just want you to correct my sentences. I gave the examples to make myself understood. I would like you to correct my sentences, please.

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    Default Re: How many kinds has a sentence?

    They can be corrected by rewriting them to one of the forms shown in 1 and 2.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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