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    Question Using the verb "become" in simple present - Help

    Hi all,

    Sometime I come across a block and this is one such problem...

    How do I use the verb "become" in Simple Present Tense"?????

    Are there similar difficult verbs that may not sound well?

    Eg: I become nervous when I see blood.

    I can't use: I become a teacher.
    I become a politician. It is better to use I will become a politician.

    Technically or Grammatically what is this called or how would you put it across to your students.

    Many Thanks

    Daniel

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    Re: Using the verb "become" in simple present - Help

    In the present tense, it suggests a regular or habitual action. That works with "I [always] become nervous when I see blood". Can you see why it doesn't work with "to become a politician" and "to become a teacher"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Using the verb "become" in simple present - Help

    Oh great! that was cool and how did I not connect with the rules, my fault...

    But when we teach students the conjugation we tell them...

    I become
    We become
    You become and ..... Now they start framing sentences with I become and not I always become...

    So can I get some assistance on this...

    Thanks

    Daniel
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 24-Apr-2015 at 18:01. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    Re: Using the verb "become" in simple present - Help

    You don't have to actually use always (or never, sometimes, frequently, rarely, occasionally, or often). When you do, you're simply adding emphasis or clarifying.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 29-Apr-2015 at 18:00. Reason: Added missing word
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Using the verb "become" in simple present - Help

    Thanks for that Charlie... You were very clear and helpful

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