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Exercise: Recasting a Paragraph in the Future Tense

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This exercise will give you practice in working with verb tenses: in this case, changing the past forms of verbs to the future.

Instructions:
The following paragraph is a fanciful account of a student's visit to Buckingham Palace to visit the Queen of England. Rewrite the paragraph as if these imaginary incidents from the past will instead occur sometime in the future. In other words, change the form of each main verb from the past tense to the future (in most cases, will plus the present form of the verb). When you are done, compare your new paragraph with the suggested revision on page two.

Example:
Original: I traveled to London to visit the Queen of England.
Recast: I will travel to London to visit the Queen of England.

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Visiting Her Majesty

I traveled to London to visit the Queen of England. Being a clever fellow, I disguised myself as a prince and walked into Buckingham Palace as if I owned it. After receiving directions from the chambermaid, I stepped into the Queen's bedroom and surprised Her Royal Highness with a hearty slap on the back. Then, of course, I tipped my hat, bowed, and delivered the usual compliments. After uncorking a bottle of champagne, we exchanged pleasantries and talked about our families for over an hour. I showed her my photograph album and my stamp collection, and she showed me hers. After a thoroughly entertaining visit, I traded addresses with Her Majesty and then kissed her goodbye--on the fingertips of her white gloves, of course.


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