Common Tense Mistakes in OET Writing

When you write, it is important that you use correct grammar. Most of the candidates make mistakes. 

Verbs are pretty much tricky. Sometimes, it is downright difficult to understand what to use. Therefore, you will have to have good knowledge of verbs and their conjugations. Arguably, verbs and their conjugations play a very important role. Most of the candidates pick incorrect verb forms. Because of this the sentence goes completely wrong. 
First let us look at the time frame.

Present: It is happening now. 

Past: It has already happened.

Future: It is going to happen  

Take a look at the following sentence: 

“Martha was confused so she has decided to talk to the doctor.” 

Can you identify what is the error in this sentence? Well, obviously, the use of tense is not proper. 

Let us separate the sentence in two halves. 

First half of the sentence: Martha was confused 

Second half of the sentence: So she has decided to talk to the doctor. 

As per the grammar rules, it is mandatory that you should make use of the past tense. 

The correct sentence shall be as follows: Martha was confused so she decided to talk to the doctor. 

The activity was done in the past. So, you can’t make use of the present form. 

Given below are a few of the sentences for you to understand how the tenses should be. 

Incorrect: It is raining since Monday. 
Correct: It has been raining since Monday.  

Incorrect: The patient is sleeping for 5 hours now.
Correct: The patient has been sleeping for five hours now.

In the sentences given above, the error lies in use of present continuous (but, it needs present perfect continuous). 

Incorrect: I have not seen the doctor yesterday.
Correct: I didn’t see the doctor yesterday. 

Incorrect: Dr. Nelson, the cardiologist, has returned from London last week.
Correct: Dr. Nelson, the cardiologist, returned from London last week.

You are expected to make use of simple past tense. And not the present perfect tense (because, the present perfect is a present tense. You shall not use it used with adverbs of past time).

Incorrect: See that she will not talk to anyone at the hospital. .
Correct: See that she doesn’t talk to anyone at the hospital. 

You shall not use a future tense if it is a subordinate clause (When the verb is in imperative mood, the verb that is there in the main clause).

Incorrect:  I will call you when the doctor will be ready.
Correct: I will call you when the doctor is ready.

Incorrect: The head nurse will help if you will ask her
Correct: The head nurse will help if you ask her.

It is always recommended that you should work on improving your language before you take the OET. Most of the candidates do not get a good grade because they make a lot of mistakes when they write. 

So, be prepared for the OET.

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