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English Joke - Tenses

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The teacher says: Today, we're going to talk about the tenses. Now, if I say "I am beautiful," which tense is it?

The student says: Obviously it's the past tense.

Present Tense: I am beautiful.
Past Tense: I was beautiful.
This is funny because the teacher isn't beautiful now, but maybe she was beautiful when she was younger.

This joke came from Jokes for the ESL/EFL Classroom on The Internet TESL Journal's website (iteslj.org).

Perhaps you would like to read the Verb Tenses page from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.

This is part of Jokes in English which is part of Interesting Things for ESL Students.
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