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    Isn't there any hint?

    Hello everybody! :)

    So, I will try to make it short. I rummaged around for a while now, but I couldn't find an answer that really satisfied me.

    Fact is, I manage to speak English quite fluently, but my writing is... pretty awful and filled with mistakes. That's why I was glad to find this site (thanks a lot, by the way :) ).

    But my main question, now, concerns the past tenses. Yes, I already read some answers about it. But the thing is, though I understand the rules, I can't remember them! I would like to know if there is any hint, or trick, so I can finally remember it.



    Thanks,


    IŽllwah.

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    Re: Isn't there any hint?

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Hi girl,
    Have you already visited this site?
    Englische Zeiten (‹bersicht Zeitformen Englisch)

    I often go to that site when I want to check some past tenses.

    What exactly can't you remember?
    Their names?
    Their use (when to use)?

    P.S. I believe it's: "I have rummaged around for a while now.", or even: "I have been rummaging around for a while now.", but maybe I'm wrong...

    Cheers!


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    Re: Isn't there any hint?

    P.S. I believe it's: "I have rummaged around for a while now.", or even: "I have been rummaging around for a while now.", but maybe I'm wrong...
    Oh, see, I'm always mixing up the damn past tenses ;)


    I am not worried about their name, but when to use them. As already mentioned before, I am just clueless what concerns their use (I mean, when I should use them). That's why I asked for some trick, so I won't do such kind of mistakes again... :)

    You see, I'm studying at a frenchspeaking school at the moment, and my native language is German (what means, in short, that I am bilingual). So, when I'm speaking English, I've got a kind of mix of languages in my head, and I can't find any logic in the English tenses. The funny thing is, that the other students say that the tenses are the most simple thing of all.

    But, I guess I have to practice, and write a lot, then I will get used to it. "‹bung macht den Meister."

    Anyway, thanks for your answer, I will check the site once I have time.

    IŽllwah.

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