Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Timelines are valuable verb tense tools



 


Everyone has thought of the possibility of being able to travel in time with the help of a time machine like the one in the classic Back to the Future. But talk about how going back in time will change the future requires thinking of the verb tenses we would need to do that.


Consider the following situation: 

What would be the right tense to talk about something that
Would have happened in the future of a past that was affected by something from the future?
 
Here is the gang from The Big Bang Theory putting the hypothesis to the test. What answer did they come up with?



Would grammarians like Scott Thornbury come up with the same final result? Here’s what Thornbury has to say about aspect, a key element in forming verb tenses
   


What, apart from grammar, do they learn from the tense test in the end? Have you learned anything else?



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