The correct tense for reporting verbs in reported speechThese two perplexing grammar questions were raised sometime ago in the forum: “Are there any prescribed rules for when to use present-tense reporting verbs over past-tense reporting verbs? Also, can’t we just use past-tense reporting verbs at all times so that whatever is being reported can just be construed as an event in the past?” Admittedly, it took me quite a while to answer these questions of forum member Michael Galario with adequate instructive precision. I really wasn’t aware of any definitive prescriptions for using present-tense reporting verbs instead of past-tense reporting verbs. To my mind that would entirely depend on the expository or narrative style used, the medium or mode of communication, and personal choice. What was clear to me was that English grammar uses reported speech or indirect speech for recounting what somebody has said or written, but not using his or her exact words. … [Read more...] about The correct tense for reporting verbs in reported speech
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Precisely when is a verb linking or an auxiliary?I remember chuckling with knowing delight when, sometime ago, a Forum member asked in machine-gun fashion these grammar questions that are so basic yet defy quick and easy answers: “Can you please tell me if the verb ‘have’ is ever used as an auxiliary in the present tense? As full verb, it can be used in a sentence like ‘I have a book.’ Is that correct? “The verb ‘be’ in the simple present tense can be used as an auxiliary, as in ‘Windows are made of glass.’ Is that correct?“The verb ‘do’ in the simple present tense can be used as an auxiliary, as in ‘Does he play tennis?’ Is that correct? “Are ‘have,’ ‘be’ and ‘do’ considered noncontinuous verbs?”I replied to the Forum member that if I attempted to answer those questions quickly in that order, I probably would create more bedlam than understanding … [Read more...] about Precisely when is a verb linking or an auxiliary?
Anthony Fenech Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Jun 28, 2019 OMAHA, Neb. — Their final meeting began a minute early, at 3:14 p.m. Central on Wednesday afternoon, when a Michigan baseball staffer closed the door to the Dodge Ballroom on the second floor of the downtown Omaha Marriott, exactly an hour and 47 minutes earlier than their team meetings throughout the season. That time, 5:01, had a purpose — attention to detail — and was the last Bakich-ism on the back of the Wolverines’ blue workout shirts, at the bottom of an inverted pyramid, right below “LFG.” For weeks, Team 153 received video messages from famous folks like Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, Barry Larkin and even Kenny Chesney, but on Wednesday, the biggest game day of their lives, they heard only from head coach Erik Bakich, who stood in front of them and emphasized four words: Loose, confident, aggressive and tough. “Let’s do what got us here,” he said. … [Read more...] about Michigan baseball agonizes over loss, relishes program’s future
John Niyo The Detroit News Published 1:41 AM EDT Jun 21, 2019 Auburn Hills — The present-tense Pistons still have a ceiling that’s going to be difficult — maybe even impossible — to lift. But if nothing else, Thursday night at least showed they’re thinking seriously about their future. That’s one takeaway from a dizzying NBA Draft that saw more twists and turns and trades — so many trades — than any in recent memory. “Whoa, how about it?” laughed Ed Stefanski, the Pistons’ senior advisor, as he took a break in the middle of the first round to talk about Detroit’s selection with the 15th overall pick. And how about this? The Pistons were a bit stunned to find themselves with an option few figured they’d have Thursday, as 18-year-old Sekou Doumbouya, a raw 6-foot-9, 230-pound prospect from France’s top professional league, was there for the taking. “We didn’t see it … [Read more...] about Niyo: Pistons’ global pursuit is grasp for better future
By Blogs Desk Published: February 20, 2019 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Is this a price either country is willing to pay without at least trying diplomacy and a judicial process first? PHOTO: AFP The Pulwama attack was an unfortunate tragedy and an act of terrorism; one that should be investigated and the perpetrators held accountable. However, it seems that India is more concerned with upholding its anti-Pakistan narrative for a political agenda than actually trying to get justice or finding a solution for the Kashmir issue. The already tense dynamic between the two countries has escalated quickly and relations seem worse than they have been in a long time. But while Pakistan tries to use diplomacy and backchannels to call for peace, India seems to be too busy beating the drums of war. In the wake of this attack and the troubling incidents witnessed in its aftermath, here are a few lessons India should keep in mind before we reach the point of no return. 1. The … [Read more...] about Dear India, here are 7 enlightening lessons to end the blame game. Sincerely, Pakistan!