Switching Verb Tenses

9 Sep

Week Two TOW 4333

Visit Mignon Fogarty’s Grammar Girl’s website. Either read one of her blog posts or listen to one of her podcasts on an area of grammar that is troublesome to you. Write about what you learned.

1. Learned: On the Grammar Girl’s website, the topic was, “Is it OK to switch verb tenses?” I learned that it is OK to switch verb tenses because it all depends on the past, present, or future tense of the sentence. It all depends on the “if” clause and what the writer is trying to convey to the reader. There are even Facebook discussions about the proper use of grammar. Ultimately, I like how Mignon Fogarty express that if we did not have verb tenses that needed switched then really we would not need to have so many different tenses in the English language.

2. Surprised: The answer to that question, “Is it OK to switch verb tenses?”  is yes in some cases. Mignon Fogarty goes through various examples to show how to properly intermix verb tenses. Originally, I thought the answer to that question would be no, but I was surprised to find it to be yes.

3. Know more about: I would like to know more about Grammar Girl and how this group even got started. It is such a great concept to have a website where people can go to ask grammar questions and get answers fairly quickly.

Grammar is a part of our everyday life. We use it all the time from office work, school work, and every day speech. (I am from Pittsburgh, PA where some grammar would be, “Ain’t got no clean clothes. I have to put them in the warsh.” Warsh is the washer machine in case you were wondering.) I would have linked my blog with grammar girl to keep my grammar rules fresh in my mind. It is easy to go and click on their grammar tip.


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