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    Q. "I went to the zoo today." What is the tense of this sentence? what is the significance of the word 'today' in this sentence?

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    Past tense. "Today" is an adverb of time, telling you when in the past this person went to the zoo.

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    Default Re: English grammar

    He went to the zoo earlier that same day.

    Welcome to the forums, Dr.Aparajita.

    Please note that a better thread title would have been I went to the zoo today.

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.' (Posting Guidelines)

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    thanks a lot, hope this helps convince the teacher of my son who is in fifth grade!!

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    thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Aparajita View Post
    thanks a lot, hope this helps convince the teacher of my son who is in fifth grade!!
    What does the teacher say?

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    Well, the teacher says it's present tense since the word "today" is there in the sentence!!!!

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    Default Re: English grammar

    A teacher who says "went" is present tense has no business being a teacher.
    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: English grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Aparajita View Post
    Well, the teacher says it's present tense since the word "today" is there in the sentence!!!!
    I'm not usually a fan of exclamation marks, but you're right to use so many there. A day has twenty-four hours- time enough for past, present and future. Even now can be used with the past tense. The tense is determined by the form of the verb and not the adverbs.

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