Saturday, August 15, 2015

This is tense.


I met a few new people this week and as they're all academics like me, the basic get-to-know-you questions were about the formative years. You know how those questions vary depending on who you're meeting and where and under what circumstances...

Friends' friends:
How do you know ABC?
What do you do?

Travelers:
Where are you from?
Have you been to XYZ?

Hookups:
Can I buy you a drink?
Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?

And when you meet people in an academic setting of any kind it's always the obligatory mini interview about your current research and previous studies.

So, what are you working on right now? Have you read so and so? Don't you find this theory absolutely fascinating and that other one just ridiculous? And what did you do for your undergraduate degrees? How do you feel about this professor and that university. What are you planning on doing when you're done?

Whoa... cross-examination, much?

Anyway, talking about my background in philology made me want to revisit the times I spent learning and speaking various languages by blogging about what's new and at the same time exploring the fascinating world of English tenses.

Yes, I'm weird. I know.

Get over it.

Present.
It is hot. It rains a lot these days. I don't understand cricket. I am in Trinidad. I have pink paint on my left hand. Some giving up is more of a victory than a defeat.

Present progressive.
My kittie is sleeping downstairs. I am going through a time of transition. My friends and family are helping me. The air condition unit is making a quiet rumbling sound.

Past simple. 
I drank a lot of apple juice today. I sent my cousins an email. I took tons of pictures at the cricket matches I visited. I also asked a lot of silly questions and used the wrong terminology. One of my plants died. I never thought it would come to this.

Past progressive.
I was thinking about a lot of things. Many people were waiting outside the bank. A young lady was stacking milk cartons in the supermarket. My thoughts were firing in all kinds of directions and giving me a hard time sorting them.

Present perfect.
I have come to a conclusion. A colleague has asked me to participate in his pilot study. My cat has destroyed one of his toys. A former neighbour has decided to move back into his old apartment.

Present perfect progressive.
The vet has been giving us many tips on healthy nutrition. My supervisor has been supporting me in my work from day one. I have been thinking about this a lot. My closet has been threatening to explode because of how full it is.

Past perfect.
I had planned to visit my friends in Mexico, Colombia, and Chile. I had thought I could keep trying and fighting. My cat had tried to eat that plant, which is why it ended up dying. The other manager had told me I couldn't return the item to the store.

Past perfect progressive.
I had been meaning to sew new curtains for my bedroom. The roof gutter had been leaking for months. The police officer had been threatening me with high fines and taking away my license. My cat had been waiting behind the curtain for me to walk past him unawares.

Future I - will/going to.
It will all be okay. I am going to give my cat a treat. I will drink even more apple juice tomorrow. I am going to see more cricket matches. I still won't understand the rules though. I will miss a few people.

Future I progressive.
I will be continuing this blog. Hollywood will be producing more and more Marvel movies. I will be traveling again. I will be working on finding solutions for everything.

Future II.
One month from right now, I will have left Trinidad.


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