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Speakers of English language often times make error in their speech or writing by misusing the tense. Tense is simply the change that takes place in the verb to show the time of an action and based on this definition we have two major tenses in English namely Present tense and Past tense. Other kinds of tense include:
- The simple present tense
- The present continuous tense
Present perfect tense
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Common errors you make in the use of tense in your speech.
Wrong: I have ran the race
Correct: I have run the race
Wrong: I have drank the water
Correct: I have drunk the water
Wrong: The little boy has broke his ankle
Correct: The little boy has broken his ankle
Wrong: I have get what I wanted.
Correct; I have got what I wanted
Wrong: I have worked in this company since two years.
Correct: I have worked in this company for two years.
Wrong: Are you online?
Correct: Are you on the phone?
Wrong: we saw Jane in the Television/screen
Correct: We saw Jane on the television/screen.
Wrong: I heard it over/in (the) radio.
Correct: I heard it on (the) radio or I heard it over the air.
Wrong: There is no credit in my phone.
Correct : There is no credit on my phone
Wrong: The manuscript is in the computer.
Correct: The manuscript is on the computer
Wrong: Speak on the microphone
CORRECT: Speak into the microphone.
WRONG: He is working under the rain/sun.
CORRECT: He is working in the rain/sun
WRONG: I born my last child in 2005
CORRECT: I had my last child in 2005
WRONG: There are a lot of tall storey buildings at Lagos.
CORRECT: There are a lot of tall storey buildings in Lagos
WRONG: I will be in Uzuakoli tomorrow.
CORRECT; I will be at Uzuakoli tomorrow.
(Use “in” for big cities and “at” for small cities).