Results 1 to 2 of 2

    • Join Date: Aug 2005
    • Posts: 6
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    present tenses

    Hello,

    Which is the best answer in the following sentence please because I think it allows for different interpretations :

    -She (won/has won) the competition and now she (spends/is spending) alot of money on clothes.

  1. Casiopea's Avatar

    • Join Date: Sep 2003
    • Posts: 12,970
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: present tenses

    Use the simple present tense to express a routine, like this,

    [1] She wins the competition every year, and afterwards she always spends a lot of money on clothes.

    Use the simple past tense to talk about the past:

    [2] She won the competition.

    Use the progessive to talk about "now", these days, at the moment, etc,

    [3] Now she is spending a lot of money on clothes.

    Use the present perfect when you want to connect an event with a previous event in time,

    [4] [After years of trying] she has [finally] won the competition, and now she will be able to spend a lot of money on clothes.

    Use the presen perfect to express "quite recently" or "just now". The following structures are ungrammatical:

    [5] She has [just now] won the competition, and now she is spending a lot of money on clothes.

    => She is doing two things at once: (1) winning the competition and (2) spending money on clothes.

    [5] She has [just now] won the competition, and now she spends a lot of money on clothes.

    => She just won the competition so there hasn't yet been enough time for spend money to become a routine.

    Spelling Note, a lot is two words, not one. You can fit a whole 'nother word in there: a whole lot.

Similar Threads

  1. simple present and present continuous
    By Anonymous in forum Frequently Asked Questions
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 31-Jul-2005, 14:32
  2. Tenses
    By sharath in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 19-Jun-2005, 05:51
  3. Putting tenses together
    By shun in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 05-Dec-2004, 02:10
  4. present perfect tense
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 15-Jul-2004, 17:12
  5. "could" in the present and past tenses
    By Mazen in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 24-Apr-2004, 06:48

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •