I, ROBOT

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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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  1. The temps verbal is:
    I looked / I did( past simple)/ I had come/ I was going to talk/ write an article about / days had passed/ I only had facts/ working life/ weren’t enough/ I wanted to know/
    Susan Calvin was born/ was the same / started the company( superlative)/ Susan had watched / the first robot/ that was able/ to talk(infinitive)/ which had been built / was a large

  2. must:present
    looked: past simple
    did not like: past simple
    had come: past perfect
    was going: past continuos
    to talk: infinitif
    write: present
    had passed: past perfect
    had: past simple
    weren’t: past simple
    wanted: past simple
    was born:past continuos
    was: past simple
    started: past simple
    had watched: past perfect
    demonstrate: present
    was:past simple
    to talk: present

  3. looked: past simple. to look
    did not like: past simple. do
    had come: past perfect. to have
    was going: past continuous. to go

  4. did not like: past simple.Regular verb. To be
    had come: past perfect. Irregular verb. To come.
    was going to talk: past continuous. Regular verb. To go
    to talk: In infinitif vern to talk.
    had passed: past perfect. Regular verb. To passe
    I only had: past simple. Irregular verb. To have
    weren’t enough: past simple. Irregular verb. To be.
    I wanted: Present simple.

  5. harmed=
    looked = past simple.regular verb. verb:To look
    did = past simple. irregular verb.verb: To do
    had come = past perfect. verb: To have come
    was going =
    had passed = past perfect. verb: to have passe
    had = past simple. irregular verb. verb: to have
    weren’t (were not)= past simple. irregular verb. verb: to be
    wanted =
    was born =
    was= past simple. irregular verb. verb: to be
    started= past simple. regular verb. verb:
    had watched=
    was able to =
    had been =

  6. Verbs in PRESENT
    1.must. Present simple,regular verb(to must)
    2.write. Present simple,irregular verb(to write)
    3.talk. Present simple,irregular verb(to talk)
    4.can. Present simple,irregular verb(to can)
    5.find. Present simple,irregular verb(to find)

    Verbs in PAST
    1.looked. Past simple,regular verb ( to look)

    Robots can talk in nowadays althought I can’t see the video I think that new technolgies can get all !
    2.did not like. Past simple,irregular verb (to do)
    3.had. Past simple,irregular verb (to have)
    4.weren`t. Past simple,irregular verb ( to be)
    5.wanted. Past simple,regular verb (to want)
    6.was born. Past simple,irregular verb (to be) ???
    7.was. Past simple,irregular verb (to be)
    8.started. Past simple, regular verb ( to start)
    9.was able. Past simple,irregular verb ( to can)

    Verbs in PRESENT PERFECT
    1.had come. Present perfect, irregular verb (to come)
    2.had passed.Present perfect, regular verb (to pass)
    3.had watched. Present perfect, regular verb (to watch)
    4. had been built. Present perfect, irregular verb (to be+built) ??

    Verbs in PAST CONTINUOUS
    1.was going. Past continuous, irregular verb (to go)

  7. Verbs in PRESENT
    1.must. Present simple,regular verb(to must)
    2.write. Present simple,irregular verb(to write)
    3.talk. Present simple,irregular verb(to talk)
    4.can. Present simple,irregular verb(to can)
    5.find. Present simple,irregular verb(to find)

    Verbs in PAST
    1.looked. Past simple,regular verb ( to look)

    Robots can talk in nowadays althought I can’t see the video I think that new technolgies can get all !
    2.did not like. Past simple,irregular verb (to do)
    3.had. Past simple,irregular verb (to have)
    4.weren`t. Past simple,irregular verb ( to be)
    5.wanted. Past simple,regular verb (to want)
    6.was born. Past simple,irregular verb (to be) ???
    7.was. Past simple,irregular verb (to be)
    8.started. Past simple, regular verb ( to start)
    9.was able. Past simple,irregular verb ( to can)

    Verbs in PRESENT PERFECT
    1.had come. Present perfect, irregular verb (to come)
    2.had passed.Present perfect, regular verb (to pass)
    3.had watched. Present perfect, regular verb (to watch)
    4. had been built. Present perfect, irregular verb (to be+built) ??

    Verbs in PAST CONTINUOUS
    1.was going. Past continuous, irregular verb (to go)

    Robots can talk in nowadays althought I can’t see the video I think that new technolgies can get all !

  8. Verbs in Present:

    · “Must” > Present simple. Regular verb. Verb To must.
    · “Write” > Present simple. Irregular verb. Verb To write.
    · “Talk” > Present simple. Irregular verb. Verb To talk.
    · “Can” > Present simple. Irregular verb. Verb To can.
    · “Find” > Present simple. Irregular verb. Verb To find.

    Verbs in Past:

    · “Looked” > Past simple. Regular verb. Verb To look.

    · “Did” > Past simple. Irregular verb. Verb to do.
    · “Had” > Past simple. Irregular verb. Verb to have.
    · “Weren`t” > Past simple. Irregular verb. Verb to be.
    · “Wanted” > Past simple. Regular verb. Verb to want.
    · “Was born” > Past simple. Irregular verb. Verb to be + born.
    · “Was” > Past simple. Irregular verb. Verb to be.
    · “Started” > Past simple. Regular verb. Verb to start.
    · “Was able” > Past simple. Irregular verb. Verb to can.

    Verbs in Present Perfect:

    · “Had come” > Present perfect. Irregular verb. Verb to come.
    · “Had passed” > Present perfect. Regular verb. Verb to pass.
    · “Had watched” > Present perfect. Regular verb. Verb to watch.
    · “Had been built” > Present perfect. Irregular verb. Verb to be + built.

    Verbs in Past Continuous:

    · “Was going” > Past continuous. Irregular verb. Verb to go.

  9. 1. must=present
    2. looked= past simple
    3. did not like= past simple
    4. had come= past perfect
    5. was going= past continuos
    6. to talk= infinitif
    7. write= present
    8. had passed= past perfect
    9. had= past simple
    10. weren’t= past simple
    11. wanted= past simple
    12. was born=past continuos
    13. was= past simple
    14. started= past simple
    15. had watched= past perfect
    16. demonstrate= present
    17. was=past simple
    18. to talk= present

  10. Well done, verb experts!

    Corrections sent to personal e-mails.

    Final answer:

    I did not like them: Past simple, regular verb, negative form. Verb “To like”.
    I had come to US: Past perfect, irregular verb. Verb “To come”.
    I was going to talk: Past continuous (sort of “future in the past”), regular verb. Verb “To talk”.
    Three days had passed: Past perfect, regular verb. Verb “To pass”.
    I only had facts. Past simple.Irregular verb. Verb “To have”.
    They weren’t enough. Past simple. Irregular verb. Negative form. Verb “To be”.
    I wanted to know. Past simple. Regular verb. Verb “To want”.
    Susan Calvin was born. Past simple. Irregular verb. Verb “To be born”.
    This was the same year. Past simple. Irregular verb. Verb “To be”.
    (…) started Susan. Past simple. Regular verb. Verb “To start”.
    (…) had watched: Past perfect. Regular verb. Verb “To watch”.
    (…) had been built: Past perfect, passive voice. Irregular verb. Verb “To build”.
    (…) was: Past simple. Irregular verb. Verb “To be”.

    POST CLOSED

  11. Looked : Past simple. Regular verbs. Verb To look.
    Must : Present simple. Regular verbs. Verb To must.
    Write : Present simple. Irregular verbs. Verb To write.
    Talk : Present simple. Irregular verbs. Verb To talk.
    Started : Past simple. Regular verbs. Verb To start.
    Had : Past simple. Regular verbs. Verb To have.
    Wanted : Past simple. Regular verbs. Verb To want.
    Was : Past simple. Irregular verb. Verb To Be.
    I did not like them : Past simple. Regular verbs. Negative form. Verb To like.
    Find : Present simple. Irregular verbs. Verb To find.
    Was able : Past simple. Irregular verbs. Verb to can.
    Did : Past simple. Irregular verbs. Verb to do.
    Can : Present simple. Irregular verbs. Verb To can.
    Weren`t : Past simple. Irregular verb. Verb to be.

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