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So my Japanese student is having trouble understanding why the following tenses are used and I’m not sure how to explain it.

  1. My line manager wants the meeting arranged immediately.

    Why does that use ‘arranged’ even though it hasn’t happened yet?

  2. While the stock was being checked the staff worked in the evenings.

    Why does that use ‘was being checked’ and not ‘was checked’?

I know this is probably a very basic question but I’m horrible at explaining tenses to students. Any help will be appreciated.

  • 1. "arranged" is a contraction of "to be arranged" - which is current tense. 2. The checking & the working both took place over a period of time - they were not 'instant' actions. Therefore the 'past continuous' tense is used. – TrevorD Apr 26 at 15:54
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