Saturday, 2 August 2014

GRAMMAR 101


USE OF VERBS.

I am sick since last week Tuesday.

This wrong expression is used by someone to inform us that last Tuesday, he became sick and he is still sick at the time he makes the expression. For acceptability, the statement should be put in the perfective aspect,  which is the appropriate form used to connect something that was stated in the past and is still going on at the time of speaking.  The expression in good English, should be written as follows:
I have been sick since last Tuesday.
Also note that when we give the name of a particular day,  we do not need to say last week Friday or last week Saturday. If the day we are referring to was in the week immediately past,  then it is last Friday. If it is the present week,  it is this Friday and if it is in the next week,  it is next Friday.
Note that in Britain,  Sunday is considered the last day of the week,  and in the US, it is considered the first day of the week.

7 comments:

  1. Hmnnn Amaka the english teacher. Nice one

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  2. Good one. wasn't aware of the part about Sunday.
    Wole Soyinka of blogsville ; )

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  3. Is it weird that I am always looking forward to them english lessons here....lol...Oh boy...Hiya mami..

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    1. It's not weird mami. Am fine, how's you?

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  4. Noted






    @iMannie_

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