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    sequense of tenses

    Who told you that cows ... on grass?
    A. feed
    B. was feeding
    C. feeds
    D. has fed
    Explain, please!

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    Re: sequense of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi?n Ph??ng Nguy?n View Post
    Who told you that cows ... on grass?
    A. feed
    B. was feeding
    C. feeds
    D. has fed
    Explain, please!

    Welcome to the forum.

    C and D are incorrect because they have a singular verb form; the subject, 'cows', is plural.

    Both A and B are grammatically possible, but B is most unlikely. It would suggest that cows in general, i.e. all cows, are at the moment the sentence is uttered, or for a period of limited duration only, munching the green stuff.

    A, correctly, suggests that it is a normal characteristic of cows that they eat grass.

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    #3

    Re: sequense of tenses

    B isn't grammatically possible either. It would give you "cows was feeding ...". It would need to be "were feeding" to be correct.

    Hi?n, did you spot any of those problems?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: sequense of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    B isn't grammatically possible either. It would give you "cows was feeding ...". It would need to be "were feeding" to be correct.
    I can't believe that I read that as 'are feeding. I need either to buy some new specs or to cut down my gin intake to half a bottle a day.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 25-Jul-2015 at 22:28. Reason: Fixed minor typo

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    Re: sequense of tenses

    Welcome to the forum, Hi?n Ph??ng Nguy?n.

    You're lucky this time. We don't usually spoonfeed answers to homework questions.

    In future, please tell us what you think the right answer is, with your reasons.




    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Jul-2015 at 22:24.

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    Re: sequense of tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You're lucky this time. We don't usually spoonfeed answers to homework questions.

    Not one of my better days. I spoonfeed a learner, misread a question and give an incorrect answer, and then make a typo in my follow-up post. I think I'd better stop posting this evening. What can I do instead? Ahh - the other half of the bottle!

    ps. Now I can't even format the post correctly.

    Last edited by emsr2d2; 25-Jul-2015 at 22:41. Reason: Fixed formatting!

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    Re: sequense of tenses

    We can share the guilt for spoonfeeding the answer. Even though I pointed out that B wasn't possible, I convinced myself that you'd already said that A was the answer so I thought I was just backing that up!

    Enjoy your gin. I'll have a vodka for you!
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    Now I feel guilty for driving people to drink.

    I'd better drown my sorrows.

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    #9

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    All this over a cow's diet?

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    #10

    Re: sequense of tenses

    Having slept off the alcohol (!), I'm now intrigued by the suggested incredulity in the question "Who told you cows feed on grass?" It sounds as if the person asking the question thinks that they don't!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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