ACT English 2.5 Grammar and Usage
ACT English: Grammar and Usage Drill 2, Problem 5. Which tense is correct for this sentence?
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Hey, this is how we relax.
Okay, so we have to know that the past participle of the verb "swim" is "swum."
Since both (B) and (D) use the present tense "swam" instead, we can easily cross out both choices.
Yes, sometimes in life, things are easy.
Now we're left with choices (A) and (C).
Both use "swum," so we'll have to look to other parts of the sentence.
The verb "shows" signals that the swimmer is swimming in the present, which is good
for him because swimming in the past can be dangerous.
You know, like when the seas were filled with predatory dakosauruses.
Anyway, because "shows" is in the present tense, the answer we're looking for has to
be as well.
Therefore we can eliminate choice (C) because the helping word "had" is stuck in the past.
Good luck with the dakosauruses, pal.
The original sentence gets it right, because it takes the present perfect tense with "has
swum," which makes (A) the right answer.
We're sure this guy thinks he's cool because he can swim for three days straight, but he'd
be a lot cooler if he could do so in monster-infested waters.