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    Picture included !- She runs down the stairs

    Hello all.

    I am sure you will think I am crazy but I couldnīt sleep if I didnīt find solution to this. It is all about one picture where is sentence wanting me to fill in a word but I canīt do that as I think none of those options there are on the picture, is correct. Off course if I had to choose from the options I would choose the word "runs" but I disagree with the use of tense.

    If I remember it well you use present continuous for describing a picture. From that standpoint I donīt understand why there is only present simple to choose. I suppose it is a "game" for children who havenīt started studying English yet and will start soon - therefore I donīt think it is a good way to teach them.

    The only think why I think it is ok to have it written in present simple is that when we look at almost any picture which comes from media on the internet - we will see that under the picture there are sentences written in present simple as well.

    I have had this picture for more than a year and it is sort of nightmare for me.

    Looking for your answers - more than ever!

    Here is the picture:
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 20151026_154137.jpg   20151026_154137.jpg  
    Last edited by Dominik92; 30-Oct-2015 at 09:56. Reason: corrected several grammar errors

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    Re: Picture included !- She runs down the stairs

    "runs" is correct. What does she do? She runs down the stairs.
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    Re: Picture included !- She runs down the stairs

    Are you thinking that it should be "is running"? More naturally, it would be. But if you are learning vocabulary, then "runs" is the obvious choice over "strikes" and "eats."

    Basic vocabulary needs to come before things like the continuous tense.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Picture included !- She runs down the stairs

    I agree with Barb. There is also the point that we often use the simple form for picture captions, as if perhaps we are capturing, frozen in the picture, an instantaneous rather than a durative action.
    Last edited by Piscean; 30-Oct-2015 at 19:56. Reason: typo

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