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A Tense Christmas

Review tenses and practice your reading with this entertaining poem.

vendredi 23 d�c., Il y a 12 mois
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• The Past Perfect Progressive tense shows that an action that started in the past continued up until another time in the past.

• The Present Perfect Simple is used to describe an action or situation that started in the past and continues in the present.

• The Future Unreal Conditional is used to talk about imaginary situations in the future.

A Tense Christmas

The Ghost of Christmas - Past Perfect Progressive

Midnight. Awoken by a ghost.
I thought I must be raving.
But then he went and showed me
How badly I'd been behaving.

The Ghost of Christmas - Present Perfect

The next night, a ghost again:
with a much more recent scene
More evidence piling up of how
unpleasant I have been.

The Ghost of Christmas - Future Unreal Conditional

A final late night ghostly vision.
But this one lacked the pain and strife
I saw if I could be a kinder man,
I would create a better life.

Source: Brian Bilston

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