Results 1 to 2 of 2

    • Join Date: Dec 2008
    • Posts: 74
    #1

    Maybe a parallel structure topic

    I saw the following sentence in my English lesson at a language school (I study with computer) but I don't know why they didn't use present perfect instead of past tense? In my opinion it should be a parallel structure, shouldn't it?
    here the sentence : I've brought you a cookie and a nice cup of tea. And I brought you a newspaper. (the cookie, cup of tea and newspaper were there which you could see them)

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Apr 2007
    • Posts: 4,146
    #2

    Re: Maybe a parallel structure topic

    Quote Originally Posted by Supachoke View Post
    I saw the following sentence in my English lesson at a language school (I study with computer) but I don't know why they didn't use present perfect instead of past tense? In my opinion it should be a parallel structure, shouldn't it?
    here the sentence : I've brought you a cookie and a nice cup of tea. And I brought you a newspaper. (the cookie, cup of tea and newspaper were there which you could see them)
    These are two casual sentences. You can't be so strict as to require the same tense in both sentences. Either the simple past or present perfect would be correct in both sentences. There is no reason the speaker can't switch from one tense to another between the two sentences.

Similar Threads

  1. Parallel Structure
    By gorikaz in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 09-Oct-2008, 13:08
  2. parallel structure
    By leole_ppk in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Jun-2007, 14:17
  3. Parallel Structure
    By 5laker in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-Oct-2006, 02:38
  4. about parallel structure
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 16-Mar-2005, 08:28
  5. Parallel Structure
    By Atesttaker in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 31-May-2004, 23:34

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
  •