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Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe. But this… does put a smile on my face.

What tense is this, I'm really confused...

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    Well, first of all, you have two sentences there, with a total of three verbs.  ISTM that they are they are all the same tense, but that isn't necessarily the case for multiple sentences in a paragraph, or even multiple clauses in a sentence.  Is there any particular one that you're confused by?  What tense(s) do you think they are, and why are you confused? – Scott Dec 11 '18 at 2:43
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It is present tense. It is emphasised by using the auxiliary verb "to do".

John: Does this put a smile on your face?

Jane: Yes, this puts a smile on my face.

or

Jane: Yes, this does put a smile on my face. (The affirmative statement is emphasised)

  • And one last question if you don't mind answering, "Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe." I assume this is present continous tense? – Steve Dec 11 '18 at 0:38

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