ACT English 3.5 Grammar and Usage
ACT English: Grammar and Usage Drill 3, Problem 5. Which choice uses the correct tenses for this sentence?
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talking about is happening in the future.
This is because by next year, the trip will be happening in the present. Mind-bending
stuff, we know.
This makes both (A) and (D) incorrect, because they each try to use the future tense too
soon in the sentence.
Both (B) and (C) get it right by using the present tense in the first part of the sentence,
so we'll have to look to the second part to decide between them.
All right, looks like we're going to need to use the future perfect tense here.
See, achieving the momentous landmark of visiting 27 states occurs between now and the South Dakota trip.
Since we're talking about something that has finished occurring by a specified point in
the future, the future perfect tense is the way to go.
Therefore we can ditch (B) and go with (C), because the presence of the helping verb "have"
places (C) securely in the future perfect tense.
Let's see...things to see in South Dakota... Mount Rushmore...aaaand...uh...Mount Rushmore...