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The rest of the paragraph is in present tense. Now, here is the sentence I'm having problems with.
By making sure the kid is fed, cooking and making playing time, I gain a variety of organizational skills and a degree of babysitting professionalism.
Is this sentence gramatically correct? My specific concerns are the "kid is fed", and the "I gain a"
I chose to use the present tense here, because the rest of the paragraph is in present tense, however it sounds a bit weird? especially the "gain", should it be "I gained?" that sounds better, but it wouldn't be in the present tense, like everything else.
Thanks a lot.
Last edited by 2006; 28-Dec-2009 at 20:52. Reason: correct punctuation
This has nothing to do with grammar, but I'd be careful how I used "the kid." It sounds very detached. If I was interesting in hiring someone and he or she referred to the baby that he or she took care of as "the kid" I would think that person didn't really like the baby very much.
By the way "making sure" is in the same tense as cooking and making playing time. However, I'm not sure what "making playing time" is supposed to mean. Do you mean organizing play dates with other children? or "Making sure there is time to play"? Or something else?
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.
I missed the "making playing time" oddity. I assume that 'making play time' or, even better, 'making time for play' is what was meant.