ACT English 3.3 Grammar and Usage
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ACT English: Grammar and Usage Drill 3, Problem 3. Which choice uses the appropriate tense for this sentence?
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treat a snake bite in general.
Advice, instructions, and other tips are usually in the present tense so that the information
feels relevant to the situation at hand.
With that in mind, all we have to do is troll through the answer choices and find the one in present tense.
Therefore we can eliminate (A) because the helping verb, "had," lets us know it's in
the past perfect tense instead of the present.
While we're at it, we might as well go ahead and get rid of (C) as well, since the helping
verb "has" is a dead giveaway that it's in the present perfect.
Man, these helping verbs really aren't doing our answer choices any favors.
(B) tries to impress us by whipping out the future perfect tense.
Sure, it's flashy, but we're sticking to our guns, and holding out for a present tense
option. Choice (D) rewards our efforts. "Can do much"
is in the present tense, making it the correct answer.
Hint number two: the best way to not die from a snake bite is not to get bitten in the first place.