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    Can someone explain the tenses in these?

    "First, the right amount of water is added to the lump of clay and it is kneaded by hand."
    Why is it "added" and "kneaded" if the sentence is in the present tense?

    Also in this sentence "It chose to bite you", why is it not "It chose to bit you."?

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    Re: Can someone explain the tenses in these?

    1. is + past participle = passive
    2. to + base verb; e.g., to bite, to go, to see, etc.

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    Re: Can someone explain the tenses in these?

    Quote Originally Posted by bbqweasel View Post
    "First, the right amount of water is added to the lump of clay and it is kneaded by hand."
    Why is it "added" and "kneaded" if the sentence is in the present tense?
    because the passive present tense is being used
    Also in this sentence "It chose to bite you", why is it not "It chose to bit you."? "chose" is past tense. The infinitive verb is never in the past tense. One would never say 'I chose to went.' 'I chose to go.' is correct.


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