Academic journal article English Journal

Too Much Verbiage

Academic journal article English Journal

Too Much Verbiage

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Tenses lefthim tense. He knew he was in the present, though it was far from perfect, and he had no knowledge of how it might become plu. He also recognized that the past was behind him, though he was present at the time, and that the future lay somewhere ahead, though he hoped to be present there as well.

Although he considered himself a progressive, he didn't consider that anything to get tense about. He deeply feared being subjected to the subjunctive, and as for what was conditional and what was not, he had no idea, even if the idea were contrary to fact. As for the distinction between "If it was . . ." and "If it were . . . ," the subtlety remained well beyond him, far too far to recall.

Trying to distinguish among infinitives, participles, and gerunds lefthis head throbbing, though he strongly believed that sometime, somewhere, he had misplaced a modifier of some worth, never, despite his searching, to be repossessed. …

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