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What is “Time and Tense”? – Time and tense are two independent words. There is similarity and difference between them.
Time – Time is a non - grammatical term and is a common word of English dictionary. We perceive difference among passing days, months and years through them. It is universal concept. It has been divided globally –
It is independent of language. It has been rightly said by A S Hornby “ The word Time stands for a concept with which all mankind is familiar, divided into past present future. It is something independent of language”.
Tense - Tense is a grammatical term. It is not a common word of dictionary. It is that form of verb which shows time. It makes us learn the different forms of verbs in different kind of Tense.
Tense is neither a universal concept and nor independent of language. In this chapter students are made to learn about the difference between the structure of Tense and Concept of Time. This difference has been beautifully explained in videos of ‘Time and Tense’ with examples.
Why should you study ‘Time and Tense’?
The study of ‘Time and Tense’ is indispensable because it provides a wide range of uses of Tense. The students can have a comprehensive idea of ‘Time and Tense’ in this section only. For example - a sentence of present continuous gives the meaning of future tense and a sentence of simple present gives the meaning of future tense :-
1. I am going to buy a flat next month.
2. If you come to me I will help you.
In the 1st sentence, Present Continuous Tense has been used giving the meaning of Future and in the same way 2nd sentence is of Simple Present but gives the meaning of Future. This difference is meticulously studied in this section of Tense.
Besides all these causes and facts, ‘Time and Tense’ has a major role in cracking questions of the following competitive examinations also :-
Compulsory English - UPSC
Essay ( UPSC )
And All Other TETs
And All Other Vocational Exams
How should you study ‘Time and Tense’?
Without having clear and confirmed understanding of structural Tense the study of ‘Time and Tense’ will be a sheer wastage of time and energy. ‘Time and Tense‘ will be a fun for all the learners who have a clear understanding of structural Tense. It has a great role to play in our interaction. The clarity of this head of Tense smoothens the functioning of our daily life.
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