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'Talk' in the past and present tense, any suggestions?

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jollyma · 11/10/2010 17:33

Ds has to write a sentence w 'talk' as the verb. We are struggling with one for the present tense, any suggestions?

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MardyBra · 11/10/2010 17:34

I talk to my neighbours every day.

MardyBra · 11/10/2010 17:35

I talk to the trees. Confused

MardyBra · 11/10/2010 17:36

Mums talk a lot of shite on Mumsnet.

MardyBra · 11/10/2010 17:37

Which one do you think the teacher would like best?

MrsBadger · 11/10/2010 17:37

I am talking to my dog.

Bonsoir · 11/10/2010 17:37

I talk to my sister.

I am talking to my sister.

I have talked to my sister.

I talked to my sister.

I was talking to my sister.

I had talked to my sister.

Which present tense? Which past tense?

MardyBra · 11/10/2010 17:38

Present is something you are doing now.

So: " I talk" and "I am talking"

jollyma · 11/10/2010 17:39

If you say I talk to ... is this still considered present tense as you have done it before and more than once?

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jollyma · 11/10/2010 17:41

It had to be talk as he had talking as another word to put into sentances.

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MardyBra · 11/10/2010 17:41

Yes. I think it called the present continuous tense.

MardyBra · 11/10/2010 17:43

Sorry - just looked it up and present continuous is "I am sitting" or similar.

plantsitter · 11/10/2010 17:44

Yes - it is he present tense for something you do habitually.

jollyma · 11/10/2010 17:46

Thanks. I just didn't want to give him the wrong guidance. Maybe not the best word to give a 7 year old!

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prism · 11/10/2010 18:09

"He didn't want to talk to me about grammar."

MrsBadger · 11/10/2010 19:25

prism that is past

LoopyLoops · 11/10/2010 22:51

I talk nonsense - present

I am talking nonsense - present continuous (gerund)

prism · 12/10/2010 10:52

I think you'll find it's the infinitive, Mrs Badger.

LindyHemming · 12/10/2010 11:51

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asbolutelyfabulous · 12/10/2010 22:30

The present simple - I talk, you talk, he/she talks, etc - is used to refer to routine, such as 'I talk to my mum every week' or 'Children always talk during class.'

The present continuous, or present progressive as it's sometimes called, is used to describe things happening now, like 'She's talking on the phone' or 'we're talking about a bloke at work who we can't stand.'

The name belies the function, but the present simple is not used for things that we are doing now - that's the job of the present continuous.

Funnily enough, we can also use the present continuous to talk about the future. For example, 'I'm talking to him tomorrow about my raise' or 'at the conference, he's talking about the latest mobile phone technology.'

Yes, I'm a language teacher!

ColdComfortFarm · 12/10/2010 22:33

'I am TALKING to you! Will you kids listen to me when I a talking to you!'
Sample from my own life there.

jollyma · 13/10/2010 18:25

abfab, i think i was trying to over simplify it for him and think about a sentance that was happening right now! Glad it can be used in the way you describe as thats what we ended up with.

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