George L.

asked • 02/29/20

Find the error, correct it, and explain why it is an error.

Will he goes to the lake with us on Saturday?



I know the error is “goes" and the sentence should be Will he go to the lake with us on Saturday? I think the explanation is that its a subject verb agreement error but I'm not sure why


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Emily J. answered • 02/29/20

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George L.

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02/29/20

George L.

For the sentence "Byron is seeing Diane for three months now." I know the error is "is" and it should be "Byron has been seeing Diane for three months now." Is the error because "is" indicates the idea that something is happening now, at this very moment and has been should be used because it shows that something started in the past and has continued up until now?
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02/29/20

Emily J.

Hey, yes, you’re correct! If you want to get even more technical with it, “is” is in the simple present tense (where the action is happening right now, with the present moment being the main topic of discussion). “Has been,” however, is the present perfect tense, which means that an action has been happening in the past and is continuing through the present moment. The exact time frame doesn’t matter for the present perfect tense, but it’s used when you’re talking about something that has occurred in both past and present. So, basically what you said, but with fancy vocabulary!
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02/29/20

George L.

Thank you!
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03/01/20

Emily J.

Of course! If I can be of any help in the future please let me know and we can set up a session!
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03/02/20

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