Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Dec 2006
    • Posts: 1,895
    #1

    tense

    John: Hey, why are you here? What's wrong?
    Harry: My bike ___ stolen. What shall I do now?
    John: You can ask the police officer for help.
    Which word goes into the above blank - is or was?
    Last edited by sitifan; 14-Nov-2009 at 09:35.

  1. Soup's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,882
    #2

    Re: tense

    was or has been



    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Dec 2006
    • Posts: 1,895
    #3

    Re: tense

    John: Hey, why are you here? What's wrong?
    Harry: The window ___ broken. What shall I do now?
    John: You can ask the police officer for help.
    Which word goes into the above blank - is or was?


    • Join Date: Nov 2009
    • Posts: 191
    #4

    Re: tense

    This has become a very interesting thread!

    Why 'was/has been stolen', but 'the window is broken'?

  2. Soup's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,882
    #5

    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    John: Hey, why are you here? What's wrong?
    Harry: The window ___ broken. What shall I do now?
    John: You can ask the police officer for help.
    Which word goes into the above blank - is or was?

    The window is broken
    describes a state, whereas the window was broken describes an event; moreover, with passive structures the verb's object is moved to the subject position:


    Active: Someone broke the window.
    Passive: The window was broken (by someone).
    Present Passive: The window is (in a) broken (state).

    Similarly,

    Active: Someone broke my bike.
    Passive: My bike was broken (by someone).
    Present Passive: My bike is (in a) broken (state).


    • Join Date: Nov 2009
    • Posts: 191
    #6

    Re: tense

    Sitifan:

    As a post to your thread, you can't get better than that!

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Dec 2006
    • Posts: 1,895
    #7

    Re: tense

    Susan: Oh, no! The door and the window ____________!
    Victor: Who could have done this?
    Susan: Go in quickly and see if we’ve lost anything. 
    (A) are breaking  (B) have broken  (C) were broken  (D) will break

    Which option is correct?

  3. Soup's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,882
    #8

    Re: tense

    Susan: Oh, no! The door and the window ________!
    Victor: Who could have done this?
    Susan: Go in quickly and see if we’ve lost anything. 


    (A) are breaking

    • If the door and window are breaking as we speak, then there is no reason to go inside and see if anything has been stolen.

    (B) have broken

    • On their own? How's that possible?

    (C) were broken

    • The door and window were broken (by someone).

    (D) will break

    • See (A)

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Dec 2006
    • Posts: 1,895
    #9

    Re: tense

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...026-break.html
    C is a bit strange as it mixes past tense into a present situation.

  4. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,104
    #10

    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...026-break.html
    C is a bit strange as it mixes past tense into a present situation.
    Do you really need to post such a simple question in two separate threads? It has been acknowledged in your other thread that C is a bit strange, but it's the only possible choice.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Future perfect tense VS future tense
    By redgiant in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-Oct-2008, 14:26
  2. present perfect tense
    By svartnik in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 15-Dec-2006, 13:16
  3. IF
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 04-Mar-2004, 01:49
  4. Do we have future tense?
    By shun in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-Oct-2003, 17:06

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
  •