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    simple or not?

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    Verb to be.

    The present simple.

    1. I am a male. Am ~ the present simple of the verb to be.

    2. Where are you? I am at a shop. Am ~ ?

    What is "am" in the sentence "I am at a shop at the moment." (now)

    Could it be said that it is the simple present of the verb to be?

    Isn't it the present continuous then?


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    Re: simple or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    Hi

    Verb to be.

    The present simple.

    1. I am a male. Am ~ the present simple of the verb to be.

    2. Where are you? I am at a shop. Am ~ ?

    What is "am" in the sentence "I am at a shop at the moment." (now)

    Could it be said that it is the simple present of the verb to be?

    Isn't it the present continuous then?

    It's the simple present.

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    Re: simple or not?

    The explanation!

    Thanks

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    Re: simple or not?

    When BE conveys a meaning similar to 'behave', it has a present continuous form constructed in the same ways as other verbs:

    'Sally is being very dificult at the moment'.


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    Re: simple or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    What is "am" in the sentence "I am at a shop at the moment." (now)
    Tense has nothing to do with time. Do not confuse the two concepts. With past tense, we can refer to future time, for example. Tense is a morphological category, i.e, it is related to the form of the verb.

    "am" is the singular first person form of the verb "be" in present tense.
    "was" is the singular first person form of the verb "be" in past tense.

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    Re: simple or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    Tense has nothing to do with time.
    tense noun

    /tent s/ n [C]

    any of the forms of a verb which show the time at which an action happened'I sing' is in the present tense and 'I will sing' is in the future tense.

    Do not confuse the two concepts.
    Which ones?

    With past tense, we can refer to future time, for example.
    Please give me an example. But do not use modals.

    Tense is a morphological category, i.e, it is related to the form of the verb.

    "am" is the singular first person form of the verb "be" in present tense.

    "was" is the singular first person form of the verb "be" in past tense.
    Thanks

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    Re: simple or not?

    time:
    the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another.
    tense:
    any of the forms...
    Yes, they are chalk and cheese. Why did you provide the definition of tense? For me to study? Thanks!

    Do not confuse the two concepts.

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    Which ones?
    What do you suspect?

    With past tense, we can refer to future time, for example
    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    Please give me an example. But do not use modals.
    Is this a test? No modals? Could you tell me why? Any more restrictions you would like to impose?
    If I had enough money, I would (modal) by a new car.

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    Thanks
    You are most welcome! :)

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    Re: simple or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post

    What do you suspect?

    Is this a test? No modals? Could you tell me why? Any more restrictions you would like to impose?
    If I had enough money, I would (modal) by a new car.

    You are most welcome! :)
    I said, 'No modals'.

    Could this be an example?

    I had better go to see her.
    It's time I went.

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    Re: simple or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    I said, 'No modals'.

    Could this be an example?

    I had better go to see her.
    It's time I went.
    I must compliment you. "had better" is a modal idiom though. "Marginally" okay The second is "fully" okay.

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    Re: simple or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    I said, 'No modals'.
    And I asked why, but you still have not answered.

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