ACT English 2.1 Passage Drill
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ACT English: Passage Drill Drill 2, Problem 1. What is the correct tense for the underlined portion?
|ACT English||Passage Drill|
|Product Type||ACT English|
|Sentence Structure||Consistency and Tense|
to prefer the great indoors in the present, the attempt to avoid washing the cat occurs
in the present tense as well.
This means we can eliminate choice (A), since the word "tried" is in the past tense.
That "ed" ending gives it away every time.
Choice (C) is also a no. "Have tried" is in the present perfect tense, not the simple
present that we need.
We use the present perfect when we're talking about things that occurred at an unspecified
time in the past. Though that might apply here, it doesn't jibe with the verb tense
in the sentence that follows. So ultimately (C) is incorrect.
Choice (D) is incorrect as well because "have been trying" is in the present perfect continuous
tense. We use the present perfect continuous to show that an action started in the past,
is going on now, and may continue on into the future. Sure, the chances are that this
cat-owner will still be trying to avoid washing her cat in the days to come...
But again this doesn't match the simple past tense of the following sentence.
The correct answer is (B), since "try" is in the simple present tense.
We always attempt to avoid washing cats, so the present tense makes plenty of sense here.?