Let’s pretend you are an image scanner robot; a sort of technological bloodhound dog.
This time, you will have to scan reading the following text, adapted from Isaac Asimov’s book I, Robot. searching for the past tenses in order to analyse them.
E.g. “Looked”: Past Simple. Regular verb. Verb To Look.
«The three Laws of Robotics
1. A robot must not harm a human. And it must not allow a human to be harmed.
2. A robot must obey a human’s order, unless that order conflicts with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect itself, unless this protection conflicts with the First or Second Laws.
Handbook of Robotics, 2058 A.D.
I looked at my notes and I did not like them. I had come to U.S. Robots in New York. I was going to talk to the famous robot-psychologist, Doctor Susan Calvin, and write an article about her. But three days had passed, and I only had facts about Dr Calvin’s working life. They weren’t enough. I wanted to know her thoughts and feelings about the development of robots.
Susan Calvin was born in 1982. This was the same year that Lawrence Robertson started the company, U.S. Robots. At the age of twenty, Susan had watched Dr Alfred Lanning demonstrate the first robot that was able to talk and move. The robot, which had been built to work on Mercury, was a large and ugly machine.»
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