LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||13/JUL/2007 11:38 PM|
|Assunto:||What kind of time is "since 2000"?|
Well, I'd like you to help me out with this one. I am a member of a site and there we have a forum. People send many questions about English and the members answer the way they think it is correct. The last one was from a Chinese guy. He opened the discussion asking: What kind of time is "since 2000"? Is it past time, present time, or future time?
Many people explained him that since refers to something that started in the past and that is still happening up to the present time. And because of that, the Present Perfect must be used. The guy does not feel satisfied with any of the answers. He said:
I know "since 2000" prefers to use Present Perfect. But what kind of time is it?Is it past time, present time, or future time? I know of this ABC. Now if you know what you are saying, can you tell me what kind of time you are talking about? Are you talking about present time, or past time? Or even future time?
Or do you want to say "since 2000" is not a kind of time?
Then, a girl answered:sentences in the present perfect tense refer that something started in the past and has just finished or is still happening... so it can be present time or past time-just like its name says: present (present time) perfect (past time) tense!!
And he replied:
Isn't Simple Present Action "I sometimes swim in the beach" also something started in the past and has just finished or is still happening? Do you think it also "can be present time or past"?
More correctly, "since 2000" is neither present time nor past time. It is in the middle of past and present. Since this time span is expressed by Present Perfect, we may call it Perfect Time.
I really want to know how you would answer this guy. He also cites a website about English Tenses he created (www.englishtense.com) and another discussion on the same topic on another forum called English Club (http://www.englishclub.com/tefl/viewtopic.php?t=3898)
Please, give me your opinion about this issue. I'm very curious about your responses.
I'm anxiously waiting for replies.
Thanks in advance!!!!
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