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    In which three sentences we can't...?

    I need to write instructions for a grammar exercise. Here's what I've got:
    Find sentences in the Present Simple, Past Simple and Future Simple, then put in the verbs lie / lay in the proper form. In which three sentences we can’t use any of these tenses? Do you know what tense they are in?

    Is the part of the sentense in bold correct? (And the instruction in general?)
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: In which three sentences we can't...?

    In which three sentences can't we use ...?

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    Re: In which three sentences we can't...?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    I need to write instructions for a grammar exercise. Here's what I've got:
    Find sentences in the Present Simple, Past Simple and Future Simple, then put in the verbs lie / lay in the proper form. In which three sentences can’t we use any of these tenses? Do you know what tense they are in?

    Is the part of the sentence in bold correct? It is now.
    (And the instruction in general?)
    It's impossible to tell if the instructions are correct without knowing the sentences. Eg. are there three sentences where you can't use any of the three tenses?
    Also, how can you tell what tense the sentences are in if they exclude the appropriate verb form of lie/lay or some other verb?

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    Re: In which three sentences we can't...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's impossible to tell if the instructions are correct without knowing the sentences. Eg. 1) are there three sentences where you can't use any of the three tenses?
    Also, 2) how can you tell what tense the sentences are in if they exclude the appropriate verb form of lie/lay or some other verb?
    1) Yes, there are.
    2) The three sentences I meant have the verbs to lie and to lay, but they should be used in the Present Perfect, the tense I'm going to teach my students at the lesson. Firstly, we'll complete the verb forms they already know (skipping the sentences where they are not sure about the use of tenses), secondly, we'll discuss the sentences we skipped where the Present Perfect should be used. I'm not sure if this technique will work, but I wanted to try some new ways of teaching grammar.)
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    Re: In which three sentences we can't...?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    1) Yes, there are.
    2) The three sentences I meant have the verbs to lie and to lay, but they should be used in the Present Perfect, the tense I'm going to teach my students at the lesson. Firstly, we'll complete the verb forms they already know (skipping the sentences where they are not sure about the use of tenses), secondly, we'll discuss the sentences we skipped where the Present Perfect should be used. I'm not sure if this technique will work, but I wanted to try some new ways of teaching grammar.)
    I'm still not convinced the instructions are correct. You could post a few of the sentences that your students have to consider, if you want to.

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