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    Present Participle Tense; questions and answers.

    Dear members and friends:

    Recently I was called to teach low level English in a Government-sponsored English by immersion program, I have also been assigned to correct the tests students took yesterday. Im confused in one of the sentences in the last section of the test; nearly all of the students failed the part5 below.

    1. A: ---------------------------------------------------------------?
    B: George Washington was born in1732.


    2. A: --------------------------------------------------------------?
    B: They went to Mexico.


    3. A: ------------------------------------ trip to Florida, Jane?
    B: It was fantastict.


    4. A: ---------------------------------------------------------------?
    B: He has hurt his ankle.


    5. A: ---------------------------------------------------------------?
    B: He is an architect.

    (1) When was George Washington born?
    (2) Where did they go?
    (3) How was your trip to Florida, Jane?
    (4) I am confused about which question to rendered.
    (5) What is he?

    Someone from a grammar forum answered the following:

    «The most natural question would be, "What happened to him?" The person asking the question doesn't need to use the present perfect, The person answering is using the present perfect to communicate that this happened to him very recently.»

    Regarding any question or sentences having an auxiliary verb in it, my standpoint is as follows:

    ''If either a direct question or a sentece has an auxiliary in its grammar structure, the auxiliary must be in the answer or in the question with the same verb inflection.''


    If HAVE + PAST PARTICIPLE is in the answer, I mean that it is supposed to be in the question too.

    6. A: ---------------------------------------------------------------?
    B: I HAVE WORKED for the private sector and the Government.

    A: Where HAVE you WORKED?;

    QUESTION:

    Is it grammatical to answer a SIMPLE PAST TENSE question with a PRESENT PERFECT TENSE answer and vice versa?

    I ask for your help, assistance and advice in this matter.
    Last edited by The apprentice; 19-Apr-2015 at 06:25.

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    Re: Present Participle Tense; questions and answers.

    "What has happened to him?" is OK.

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    Re: Present Participle Tense; questions and answers.

    I'm confused. Are you suggesting that ...

    Q. What happened to him?
    A. He is an architect.

    ... is a natural dialogue.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Present Participle Tense; questions and answers.

    No, emsr2d2; I'm referring to the following:

    I - Q: What happend to him?

    if the above question which is in Simple Past Tense may be answered in Present Perfect Tense as below:

    A: He has hurt his ankle.

    II - Q: What has happend to him?

    If this question in Present Perfect Tense may be answered in Simple Past Tense:

    A: He hurt his ankle.

    In my view point this is ungrammatical.
    Last edited by The apprentice; 19-Apr-2015 at 13:43.

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