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Describing Art and Past Actions Tutorial

The Rule:

Use the simple present tense to describe artwork as it is now.

Example 1

The Rule:

Use the simple past tense to describe actions that began and ended in the past.

Example 2

The Fix:

To check your writing for verb tenses for describing art and past actions, use the following steps:

Step 1:

Underline the main verbs in all of your sentences.

Example 3

Step 2:

Circle the subjects in all sentences. To find them, as yourself, "Who or what is doing the action?"

Example 3

Step 3:

If the verb is used to describe art, use the simple present tense.

Example 5

Step 4:

If the verb is used to describe events that began and ended in the past, use the simple past tense.

Example 6

Step 5:

Use a dictionary or list of irregular verbs to make sure that you are using the correct form of the verb.


"The architects b̶e̶g̶i̶n̶n̶e̶d̶ began work in 447"

Verb Past Tense
to begin began
to bend bent
to bite bit

Summary

Summary with examples

Fix

  • Underline the main verbs in all sentences.
    • Circle the subjects in all sentences.
  • If the verb is used to describe art, use the simple present tense.
    • If the verb is used to decribe events that began and ended in the past, use the simple past tense.
  • Use a dictionary or a list of irregular verbs to make sure that you are using the correct form of the verb.