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    What Tense are these?

    As I grew older I realized the importance of a good education.

    As I walked down the street, I saw a girl dressed in white.

    I have been asked what tense the underlined parts are in. Does the 'as' change the verbs that follow to something else other than the past tense?


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    Re: What Tense are these?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    As I grew older I realized the importance of a good education.

    As I walked down the street, I saw a girl dressed in white.

    I have been asked what tense the underlined parts are in. Does the 'as' change the verbs that follow to something else other than the past tense?
    No, the conjunction "as" does not affect the tense of the following verb. "grew" and "walked" are indeed in the past tense. And the verb following "as" can also be in the present tense: As I grow older, I realize how important a good education is. As I walk down the street in the morning, I see lots of pretty girls.

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    Re: What Tense are these?

    They are both past continuous tenses

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    Re: What Tense are these?

    They are Past Simple, not Past Continuous- was/were growing and was/were walking are the Past Continuous (Progressive) forms.

    Using 'as' doesn't change the name of the tense and does not force you to use the Past Simple- we could use a different form after it:
    As I was walking down...

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