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    tense simplification exercises

    I need some, or maybe MANY ;) of them, perhaps you know a book where I can find it, thank you

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    Re: tense simplification exercises

    Maybe this has been viewed so may times without being answered because nobody undertands what you mean... ;-? (Or has anyone heard of tense simplification?)

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    Re: tense simplification exercises

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Maybe this has been viewed so may times without being answered because nobody undertands what you mean... ;-? (Or has anyone heard of tense simplification?)

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    according to Swan:

    tense simplification in subordinate clauses
    1 reasonsfor tense simplification
    If the main verb of a sentence makes it clear what kind of time the speaker is
    talking about, it is not always necessary for the same time to be indicated
    again in subordinate clauses. Compare:
    - This discovery means that we will spend less on food.
    This discovery will mean that we spend less on food.
    - It is unlikely that he will win.
    I will pray that he wins.
    Verbs in subordinate clauses are often simpler in form than verbs in main
    clauses - for example present instead of future, simple past instead of would +
    infinitive, simple past instead of past perfect.
    You'll find Coca-Cola wherever you go. (NOT ... wherelJer yOlt will go.)
    He would never do anything that went against his conscience.
    (More natural than ... that would go against his conscience.)
    I hadn't understood what she said.
    (More natural than ... what she had said.)

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    Re: tense simplification exercises

    I'm busy until Friday, but I'll have a look then (I have a feeling many courses offer these exercises but they don't actually use the phrase 'tense simplification'.)

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    Re: tense simplification exercises

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I'm busy until Friday, but I'll have a look then (I have a feeling many courses offer these exercises but they don't actually use the phrase 'tense simplification'.)

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    And I think you are right but unfortunately I am the kind of person who needs to have everything served in a systemic way, otherwise I get confused, I think I have been doing those kind of exercises but due to the fact that this issue was not directly stated how it worked (as Swan explained it) I did not quite know how to apply it into practical use.
    If you could find some books on that subject I would be very greatful, thank you.

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