A few days ago
Anonymous

Verb tense?

Look at the following sentences and decide if the verbs between the brackets are in a likely and appropriate tense or not.If not,please suggest me what to write instead šŸ˜‰

1.My neighbours (are constantly having) wild parties.

2.(I had been splitting up)with my girlfriend and was feeling terrible.

3.Our boss (had been walking) into the room without us noticing.

4.I (was cutting) myself quite badly while shaving this morning.

5.I got to the bus stop and suddently realised I (had left) my wallet at home.

6.(Will you be working) from home tomorrow?

7.(Have you been hearing) the news today?

8.Why do you look so sad?What (is worrying) you?

9.(I’ll have been) here for 3 years in December.

Top 5 Answers
A few days ago
picador

Favorite Answer

1. OK

2. OK

3. Walked.

4. Cut

5. OK

6. OK

7. Heard.

8. OK

9. Wording is clumsy, but the tense is OK.

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A few days ago
Elissa
The “had been –ing” construction (in #2 and #3) generally is intended to mean a continuing action that was not completed, or a repeated action.

So, something like, “Our boss had been walking into the room when he hit the door frame.” OR “I had been walking the dog every day up until it died.”

How to rewrite #2 depends on what the sentence is supposed to mean. “I had split up with my girlfriend and was feeling terrible,” is probably best.

3. Our boss walked into the room without us noticing. (simply describes the action)

or Our boss had walked into the room without us noticing. (tells what has already happened. This is “more past” than the other example.)

4. I cut myself…

7. “Have you been hearing” again suggests continuous action–like when there’s something big going on and people keep checking the news. If there’s a single piece of news, the sentence should be: Have you heard the news…

All the others are OK.

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A few days ago
Anonymous
2.(I had been splitting up) with my girlfriend and was feeling terrible. – This sounds a bit stilted. Better, instead, to say ‘I was splitting up with my girlfriend’, and add ‘at the time’ for temporal clarification. ‘Had been’ is generally not used in a purely descriptive clause like this.

3.Our boss (had been walking) into the room without us noticing. – Better would be ‘walked into the room’.

4.I (was cutting) myself quite badly while shaving this morning. You could say ‘was cutting’, but it would imply that you took a razor and cut yourself several times on purpose. Use ‘I cut myself’.

7.(Have you been hearing) the news today? – Better would be ‘have you heard’, unless the initial piece of news was followed by a series of related incidents.

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A few days ago
just me
Most of these are fine. The ones I would recommend changing are:

3. Our boss (had walked) into the room without us noticing.

OR:

Our boss (walked) into he room without us noticing.

4. I (cut) myself quite badly while shaving this morning.

7. (Have you heard) the news today?

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A few days ago
Happy. Finally.
I am not 100% positive, but I believe these should be:

I (had cut) myself quite badly while shaving this morning.

(Have you heard) the news today?

(I have been) here for 3 years in December.

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