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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
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The Present

LynneLynne Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,594 mod
Try answering one of the following questions:-

What are you doing?

What do you usually eat for breakfast?

What have you eaten today?
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  • Present Tense
    Past continuous Tense
    Past Perfect Tense
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,594 mod
    Hi @Shiva. Welcome to the forum.

    Try answering one of the questions.

    What are you doing? = Present Continuous Tense
    What do you usually do? = Present Simple Tense
    What have you done today? = Present Perfect Tense

    We have written a guide to the tenses on the web site: http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/tensetext.html

    But really, the best way to learn and understand them is to use them. :)
  • amatsuscribbleramatsuscribbler Posts: 2,223 mod
    I am working on the forum.

    I usually work at Amatsu.

    I have had a French lesson today.
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,695 mod
    1) I am sitting here with big eyes looking at the screen.
    2) Every day I write down those new words or phrases I`ve learnt.
    3) Today I have taken the hired car back to the garage, it was a white VW Polo.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,594 mod
    edited November 2013
    Well done @Hermine.

    1. We tend not to say "with big eyes". If you're trying to say you're amazed you could say, "wide eyed". "I'm sitting here, wide eyed, looking at the screen."
    2. Try "any" rather than "those".
    3. "hire car".

  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,695 mod
    Lynne I have a question. Why is hired car wrong? I used the past, I would use it in German, I think.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,594 mod
    edited November 2013
    We simply call them "hire cars".

    You can say: We hired a car.

    To use "the" you would have to say, "the car we hired".
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,407 mod
    - I am multitasking now, I am watching TV and writing in this forum.
    - I usually don't eat breakfast, I brunch. ;)
    - I have got trout for dinner today.
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,695 mod
    I am still thinking about the correct use of the word `to hire a car`.
    I often cover the car with an old blanket to avoid getting an ice sceen.
    I`ve just had a look at my e-mail account.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,407 mod
    - It is not raining today, but it is rather cold.
    - I usually take the car to go shopping, but by exception today I took the tram.
    - I have just returned and I didn't feel cold at all!
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,695 mod
    I am sitting here watching carefully at the clock, because I am about to leave for a nice musical for children.
    I usually am one of the last ones who joins in in the Monday`s reading sessions, but today I managed being the first one.
    I have just done my make-up, because I want to be pretty for the actors, organisators and audiences.
  • amatsuscribbleramatsuscribbler Posts: 2,223 mod
    edited November 2013
    I'm trying to catch up on all the work I need to do after four days on a course.
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,594 mod
    edited April 2014
    @April

    I usually take the car to go shopping, but today I took the tram.
    I have just returned and I don't feel cold at all.

    @Hermine‌

    I am still thinking about the correct use of the phrase `to hire a car`.
    I often cover the car with an old blanket to avoid getting an iced up screen.
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,594 mod
    edited November 2013
    @Hermine -

    I am sitting here watching the clock carefully, because I am about to leave to see a nice musical for children.
    I am usually one of the last ones to join the Monday reading sessions, but today I managed to be the first one.
    I have just done my make-up, because I want to look pretty for the actors, organisers and audience.

    - See original at: http://learn-english-forum.org/discussion/comment/894#Comment_894
  • BobmendezBobmendez Posts: 392 ✭✭✭
    -What am I doing?
    I am looking at students doing their work. They know "almost everything" :))
    -What do you usually eat for breakfast?
    Everything I can quickly find. I try to eat in the morning even if I don't want to - just in case
    -What have you eaten today?
    According to the definition of the Present Perfect Tense I might say:
    I have got up at... then I have eaten ...then I have put on my...then I have taken a bus and now I am here. Right?
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,594 mod
    @Bobmendez,


    I am watching some students doing their work. They know "almost everything".

    Everything I can quickly find. I try to eat in the morning even if I don't want to - just in case.

    According to the definition of the Present Perfect Tense I might say:

    I got up at ... then I ate ...then I put on my ... then I took the bus and now I am here.

    Sorry Bob - but that's why I'm here. All those things were done in the past.

    I've only eaten soup and some toast (thanks to the Monday morning Skype session) today.

    (Today isn't finished, so I might eat something else.)
  • amatsuscribbleramatsuscribbler Posts: 2,223 mod
    I am catching up - again!- and watching a quiz show on television at the same time!
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    Hi @Hermine‌ if you're still thinking about it, maybe it would help to think of the hire cars as hirecars: "I have taken the hirecar back to the garage"

    I'm trying to think how the cold is getting into the house
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    I am answering your questions. I usually have toast and milk for my breakfast. I have eaten spaghetti for dinner.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 80 ✭✭
    @lynne,
    I'm looking for an answer on translating subjunctive tense in english. Maybe simple present or past tense.
    I usually drink a cup of milk and coffee and eat some cookies, melba toast or corn flakes at breakfast.
    I have eaten pizza with my colleagues today.
  • HeknerHekner Posts: 1,490 ✭✭✭✭✭
    "I cut class, you cut class, he, she, it cuts class. We cut class, they cut class. We all cut class. I cannot say this in Spanish because I did not go to Spanish today. Gracias a Dios. Hasta luego.” (Laurie Halse Anderson - "Speak")


    http://www.amazon.com/Speak-Laurie-Halse-Anderson/dp/0312674392

    "The world was a fantastic, marvelous, awesome place, Rose decided."
  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    What are you doing today? I am free today,shall we go to the cinema and watch a film?
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,594 mod
    What are you doing today? I am free, why don't we go to the cinema and watch a film?
  • deedee Posts: 83 ✭✭
    edited June 2015
    I usually take bath at eight O'clock in the morning.
    I get ready to go to Gym.
    Do you know,she bought a parrot?

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    I usually have a bath at eight o'clock in the morning.
    I get ready to go to the gym.

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    Did you know she had bought a parrot? (Tricky one.)
    Do you know her?
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • BobmendezBobmendez Posts: 392 ✭✭✭
    Do they mean that a dead person is not buried yet when saying 'He has died recently'?
    Is it the reason for using Perfect Tense? Why not Simple Past?
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,594 mod
    You wouldn't say, "He has died recently."

    "He died recently." (Could already be buried. Who knows? He is dead.)

    http://www.learnenglish.de/vocabulary/tenses/dietense.html

  • DoraDora Posts: 3,282 ✭✭✭✭
    I am wondering what am I doing now?
    I usually wonder what to do.
    I've wondered what I've done today.
  • twinkletwinkle Posts: 1
    edited July 2015
    I am using this English forum
    I usually Dont do breakfast
    Today I went to my friends place

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    I am using this English forum.
    I don't usually do breakfast.
    Today I went to my friend's place.
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • ivy123ivy123 Posts: 24 ✭✭
    edited July 2015
    I am drinking coffee now.
    Usually I have my breakfast with bread.
    I've no idea what I've been done today.

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    I am drinking coffee.
    Usually I have bread at breakfast.
    I've no idea what I've done today.
    Post edited by Lynne on
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