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Over-the-Hump-Wednesday Grammar & Idioms Lesson

September 11th, 2019

 

It is time for NESE's Over-the-Hump weekly Grammar & Idioms lesson, and this week, we were in the mood for a grammar point (English teachers love grammar). Therefore, we have made a mini-quiz for you:

 

A. By this time next year, NESE will have been teaching English in Harvard Square for 30 years.

 

B. By this time next year, NESE will be teaching English in Harvard Square for 30 years.

 

C. By this time next year, NESE has been teaching English in Harvard Square for 30 years.

 

D. By this time next year, NESE will have been teaching English in Harvard Square since 30 years.

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The correct answer is A. We use the future perfect. We use this tense when we want to describe an action that will be completed at a point in the future. Likewise, we use the future perfect progressive when we want to describe an ongoing action that will be completed at a point in the future.

 

However, as some of you might remember from your days in a grammar class, some verbs can be used interchangeably in the present perfect (or, of course, future perfect) or in the present perfect progressive (or, again, the future perfect progressive). Three such verbs are live, work, and teach.

 

On June 4th, 1990, NESE opened its doors for the first time. There were only 11 students for that first session, and we had only 3 levels. Very quickly, however, friends told friends who told friends who told friends, and now almost 30 years later, we all have a lot of wonderful friends all over the world. It has been an extraordinary (almost) 30 years, and we thank everyone who has been part of it.

 

 

The NESE Grammar Team

 

 

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