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Communication Skills for Engineers, Second Edition by Sunita Mishra, Muralikrishna M.

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CHAPTER 1

Tenses, the Active and the Passive Voice, and Reported Speech

Like everything metaphysical,

the harmony between thought and reality

is to be found in

the grammar of the language.

—Ludwig Wittgenstein

Chapter Objectives

This section aims to give the students the basics of grammar. It deals with tenses, the active and the passive voice and the reported speech. It also deals with the main and auxiliary verbs, the finite and the non-finite verbs and the way they are used in the different tense forms. The chapter deals with grammar within very limited space. Hence, only some of the very important concepts have been dealt with.

TENSES

The verb The verb is one of the most important elements of English grammar. It can be described as a word ...

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