Friday, 23 December 2016

Changing the tense of a story

English Grammar
Changing the tense of a story

Little red boat
How Johnny loved his little red boat! It was his pride and joy. Daddy had given it to him for his birthday and there was nothing he loved more in all the world. Sometimes, he would sail it on the river that ran not far form his home. Of course he kept a strong string tried to it so it wouldn't float away, and he could have it again anytime he wanted to. Then one day the children who lived in the big house across the street invited Johnny to come and play in their swimming pool, and to bring his little red boat with him.
Johnny was delighted. Picking up his boat he said good-bye his mother. ''Don't forget to bring it back with you'' said his mother. ''I won't, said Johnny, and he was off.
He had a great time playing in the swimming pool, but there were so many other children there, that after a while he felt hat his boat was in the way. So he put it in what he thought was a safe place under the kitchen window, and went back to play, in the pool.
When it was time so go home Johnny went to pick up his  boat, but it wasn't there. ''Where's my boat'' he cried, ''Who's taken my little red boat?''
Nobody knew. He looked all over the place but it was nowhere to be found. ''Somebody must have taken it.'' he said, ''I know exactly where I left it.''
''Where did you leave it?'' asked the lady of the house. ''Right under that window.'' ''Oh'', Now I understand what has happened you must have put your boat right next to the dustbin and when the dustbin man came his afternoon the thought  it was a part of the rubbish and took it away.''  Oh, No!'' sighed Johnny, ''Not my little red boat!''
It was a heart broken little boy who returned home that evening. Mother felt very sorry for him as he sobbed out his story.
''I shouldn't have taken it there,'' he wailed,' Now most likely its all burnt up at the city dump.'' ''It could be'', said mother. ''They usually burn everything as it arrives. But lets not give up hope too soon. Why not let's tell God about your boat and see if he will do something. He might you know.'' So they knelt by the sofa and said a little prayer asking God to look after he little boat that meant so much to Johnny. Next morning, bright and early, Mother drove Johnny and his two sister out of the city dump. It was a sorry looking place, with piles of rubbish everywhere, many still smoldering and smoking from yesterday's fires. Mother and the children spread out, going from one pile to another, hoping against hope one of them would find the little red boat.
Suddenly a happy cry rang out across the big ugly dump.' I've got it! I've got it!'' cried Johnny sure enough, there it was, lying barely three feet from a still burning pile. It wasn't hurt at all. Like the three Hebrews in Nebuchadnezzar' ''burning, fiery furnace,''  there wasn't even the smell of fire on it.
Johnny was more thankful than  you can imagine. To think that God cared enough to save his little red boat.
Change the tense of this story wherever possible?
How Johnny loves his little red boat! It is his pride and joy Daddy has given it to him for his birthday and there is nothing he loves more in all the world. Sometimes he sails it on the river that runs not far from his house. Of course he keeps a strong strip tied to it. So it doesn't float away and he can have it again any time he wants to.
Then one day the children  who live in the big house across the street invite Johnny to come and play in their swimming pool, and to bring his little red boat with him. Johnny is delighted. Picking up his boat he says good bye to mother ''Don't forget to bring it back with you, says mother.
I won't says Johnny, and he is off. He has a great time playing in the swimming pool, but there are so many children there that after a while he feels that his boat is in the way. So  he puts it in what he thinks is a safe place under the kitchen window, and goes back to play in the pool.
When it comes time to go home Johnny goes to pick up his boat, but it isn't there. ''Where's my boat? he cries. Who's taken my little red boat? Nobody knows. He looks all over the place but it is nowhere to be found. ''Somebody must have taken it, he says. ''I know exactly where I left it.
''Where did you leave it? asks the lady of the house. ''Right under the window. ''Oh says the lady ''Now I understand what has happened. You must have put your boat right next to the dustbin and when the dustbin man came this afternoon he thought it was part of the rubbish and took it away. ''What do you think he has done with it? asks Johnny ''Probably he just threw it away with the rest of the rubbish. ''Oh no! sighs Johnny ''Not my little red boat! It is a heart broken boy who returns home this evening. Mother feels very sorry for him as he sobs out his story.
''I shouldn't have take it there he wails. ''Now most likely it's all burnt up at the city dumps. It could be says mother. ''They usually burn everything as it arrives. But lets not give up hope too soon. Why not let's tell God about your boat and see if He will do something. He  might you know ''so they kneel by the sofa and say a little prayer asking that God will look after the little red boat that means so much to Johnny. Next morning bright and early, mother drives Johnny and his two sisters out to the city dump. It is a sorry looking place, with piles of rubbish everywhere, many still smoldering and smoking from yesterday's fires.
Mother and the children spread out, going from one pile to another hoping against hope one of them would find the little red boat. Suddenly a happy cry rings out across the big ugly dump.
''I've go it! I've got it! cries Johnny sure enough there it is lying barely there feet from a still burning pile. It isn't hurt at all. Like the three Hebrews in Nebuchadnezzar's ''burning, fiery furnace, there isn't even the smell of fire on it. Johnny is more thankful than you can imagine. To think that God cares enough to save his little red boat!
 Change the story into Future Tens. I will begin it for you then you can continue:
How Johnny will love his little red boat. It will be his pride and joy. Daddy will give it to him on his birthday and there will nothing he will love more in all the world.

Sometimes he will sail it on the river that run not for from his home. Of course he will keep a strong string tied to it so it will not float away and he will have it in again any time he will want to. Then one day the children who will live in the big house across the street will invite Johnny will go and play in their swimming pool, and will bring his little red boat with him.

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