Thursday, July 24, 2008

Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, July 24, 2008

In grammar school we were taught that there are three tenses in the English language – the past, the present and the future. Later on we find out that there are actually a lot more. We have not just I gave, I give and I will give but the present perfect I have given, the past perfect I had given, and the future perfect I will have given. And let’s not forget I was giving, I am giving, I will be giving, I have been giving, I had been giving, I shall (or will) have been giving, I do give, I did give, I was going to give, I would be giving, I would have given, I would have been giving and a dozen combinations more.

Like using these tenses which is really complicated, the delineation between and among the past, the present and the future in life’s continuum can get a bit confusing. We mix these three up and end up committing more than just grammatical errors. The past, which sometimes must be left behind, we allow being present at present and even in the future. And yet again, what happened in the past we forget as if it didn’t happen, making us repeat what we could have avoided repeating.


Kayni said...

That reminds me of myself =). I'd rather have my grammar mixed up though, because it's easier to fix; rather than have my past history mixed up with my present, which is quite complicated and not easy to fix.

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