Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. suprunp's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine

    • Join Date: Apr 2011
    • Posts: 599
    #1

    and is often used as a way

    There are 13 different tenses in English, all with entirely different and highly nuanced meanings which can baffle even the most experienced language learner at times, and is often used as a way to tell whether or not someone is a native speaker.
    (Why is English in vogue?; memrise.com)

    Would you be so kind as to tell me what exactly the author is referring to by using 'is' and whether 'are' could have been used here instead?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by suprunp; 31-Oct-2015 at 15:17.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 958
    #2

    Re: and is often used as a way

    You are right. Are is correct. That author is not a very good writer.

  2. Piscean's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 9,926
    #3

    Re: and is often used as a way

    They are suspect anyway. I don't know how they arrive at 13 for the number of tenses in English.

  3. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #4

    Re: and is often used as a way

    There are many opinions about the number of tenses in English. More terminology stuff.

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
  •