Verb Tense and Agreement

Verb Tense and Agreement

Verbs should be consistent in tense.

TENSE
(present)
Inconsistent,
Not Parallel
Slim is very angry and carried a pistol.
Consistent,
Parallel
Slim is very angry and carries a pistol.

Present perfect tense describes an action that began in the past and continues to the present

TENSE
(present/
perfect)
Inconsistent,
Not Parallel
I have decided to ditch my boyfriend when he asked me to marry him.
Consistent,
Parallel
I have decided to ditch my boyfriend when he asks me to marry him.

Past perfect tense describes an action that happened before some other event.

TENSE
(past/
perfect)
Inconsistent,
Not Parallel
The shark had already eaten when I decide to push my boyfriend into the tank.
Consistent,
Parallel
The shark had already eaten when I decided to push my boyfriend into the tank.

Future perfect tense describes an action that will happen before some other event.

TENSE
(future/
perfect)
Inconsistent,
Not Parallel
My hired hit man will have left town before my boyfriend asked me to marry him.
Consistent,
Parallel
My hired hit man will have left town before my boyfriend will ask me to marry him.

Consistency in Verbs: Quiz

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