The Passive Voice The Future Tense The future tense is used to express a future action or state, that is, what will happen in a future time. Future tense of regular verbs The future tense of regular verbs is formed by adding the endings shown in Table 1. Note that the ending for the je, tu, il, and ils form is the present tense of avoir.
I wrote about this briefly a few months ago, in the context of narrative modeand I mentioned a few narrative modes and how they were used by their authors. But how do you pick a tense to use? To review, narrative mode has three components: Tense — Past, present, or future. It means that the action is being described as having happened in the past.
But even in a past-tense narrative mode, individual sentences may occur in present tense, past-perfect tense, or even in future tense. How can that be? The answer is that tense indicates what time the action occurred relative to the time the words were spoken.
So for narrative tense to have any meaning, you must know who is doing the narrating. Or more precisely, when he is narrating it. Consider this snippet from my own romantic memoir, Love through the Eyes of an Idiot: We made tentative plans for Wednesday night, but she refused to commit.
I understood that she was hurting from past relationships, and that she had other friends, but I also felt like an outsider to her, because she seemed to have less and less time for me.
But then how do you account for the following bits, from the same chapter? Looking back, I understand how she felt, and I understand what she did, and I agree with her priorities.
But at the time, I felt like I was at the bottom of her list, and that sucked.
See, you read the book as though I were there with you, in the same room as you, reflecting back on these experiences as I describe them. But while I tell you the story, I can still refer to things happening in the present time, as well as explain things that had led up to the events of the story using the past perfect.
Take another example, a story written in present tense: We could even use future tense. There are two places from which the narrator can describe the action, which place his frame of reference.
You do this in order to optimize how the narrator tells the story. So the trick in choosing a tense is really just the trick in choosing where you want your narrator to be. Do you want him to sit in the room with the reader and tell his story as he reflects on it past tense?
Or do you want him to dictate it into a tape recorder as the action is happening present tense? Past tense option 1 often feels more natural, because in conversation we typically tell stories that happened in the past using past tense.
In past tense, you can also more naturally include anachronistic details that fit in logically with the narrative.
More Possibly Interesting Posts.The Beginner’s Guide to Mastering the French Present Tense by Benjamin Houy 11 Comments The French present tense is the only tense you truly need to know to get by on a trip to France. The futur simple corresponds to the future tense in English.
We mainly use this tense to express an intention for the future or a supposition about the present or future. We mainly use this tense to express an intention for the future or a supposition about the present or future.
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The stories are short, 3 minutes approximately, recorded at a manageable pace for students to listen to and join in with: Excellent for accessible, regular independent French practice. Aug 17, · One of the easy ways to tell beginner writing is that the story bounces from past tense through present tense and future tense at random.
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