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HELP!! Tenses analysis



refis24
United Kingdom

HELP!! Tenses analysis
 
Hey, sorry to be a pain, but I am just planning my lesson and I have to clarify to an E1 class why we use the ing form and the base form for the following sentences
 
I can swim - base form
I can īt play football - base form
 
I am good at swimming - ing form
I like dancing - ing form
I would like to go dancing - ing form
 
I know it is to do with the tenses, but this is my weak point :-(
 
Any help would be very much appreciated.
 
Thanks
Refis24

20 Feb 2010      



lshorton99
China

I can swim - base form
I can īt play football - base form

īCan ī is a modal verb (like will, would, might, must, should, could). We always use the base form of the verb after modal verbs.
 
I am good at swimming - ing form
I like dancing - ing form
I would like to go dancing - ing form

These are all examples of the īgerund ī - this is an -ing form used as a noun. (It īs different from, for example, I am dancing, which is the -ing form as the present participle of the verb).

20 Feb 2010     



refis24
United Kingdom

You save me again!!!!!!Clap

20 Feb 2010     



lshorton99
China

I think it īs China where if you save someone īs life you īre responsible for them forever. I apply the same principles to TEFL!

21 Feb 2010     



refis24
United Kingdom

Hmmmmm, strange sayingErmm, I am not sure about the responsibility for ever part, but I am sure I will be asking for your expert advice again Tongue
 
Thanks
 
 

21 Feb 2010     



lshorton99
China

It īs true - forever is a very long time. plus I have a famously short attention span. Wait. Who are you again?
LOL

21 Feb 2010