Keep your tenses perfect

Micmanz Lanugage Improvement series

We all make mistakes, especially in English! Here are some commonly made mistakes — see if you can identify what’s wrong with these sentences…
I’m going walking about once a day.
I am living in Mumbai for seven days.
These are all mistakes which are made time and time again — mixing the tenses.
For example, if you ask someone “
How long have you been in Mumbai?” the answer should be —“I have been in Mumbai for seven daysorI have lived in Mumbai for seven days.
Take the first sentence: “I’m going walking about once a day.
This is incorrect because the tense used here is the present continuous. The correct usage would be… “I go walking about once a day.
The second sentence has one glaring mistake — the use of the present/past perfect tense: “I am living in Mumbai for seven days.The correct usage as mentioned above would beI’ve lived in Mumbai for seven days.
Perfect tenses, are the hardest ones to learn because it is difficult to make someone understand the difference between the present perfect “
I have done something” as opposed to the past “I did something.

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