Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    nick52 is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Nepali
      • Home Country:
      • Nepal
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default matching verb tenses

    hi !
    I saw him waiting for a train to arrive !!
    Is this sentence correct or it should be arrived as it was from the past tense, i think the verb tenses is not matching over here, can u please explain to me !! Another similar sentence is I forgot to take photo. why there is take instead of took

  2. #2
    charliedeut's Avatar
    charliedeut is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    5,114
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: matching verb tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by nick52 View Post
    Hi !
    I saw him waiting for a train to arrive[no space]!! One exclamation mark is enough.
    Is this sentence correct [Yes, it is] or should it should be "arrived" as it was from the past tense? I think the verb tenses is are not matching over here, can u you please explain to me !!? Another similar sentence is "I forgot to take a photo". Why there is it "take" instead of "took"?
    Hi and welcome

    See corrections above.

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

  3. #3
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,169
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: matching verb tenses

    Only the first verb in any series of verbs is tensed:

    I see him waiting......I saw him waiting......I have seen him waiting......I had seen him waiting......
    I forget to take ... .....I am forgetting to take .... .....I forgot to take ........ I had forgotten to take ... .....I
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


  4. #4
    Tdol is online now Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    41,609
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: matching verb tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by nick52 View Post
    Another similar sentence is I forgot to take photo. why there is take instead of took
    We don't use to took.

Similar Threads

  1. Verb tenses
    By tinarima in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 20-Jul-2009, 22:39
  2. Verb Tenses
    By SpeechLady in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 14-Jul-2009, 05:46
  3. verb tenses
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 25-Jul-2008, 06:52
  4. verb tenses
    By beachboy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 30-Jan-2008, 01:07
  5. verb tenses
    By Robert J. Pohl in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 17-Dec-2006, 07:38

Posting Permissions

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