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Robert and Kevin fought at school today. I don't know why... #1 (permalink) Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:50 pm   Robert and Kevin fought at school today. I don't know why...
 

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ESL/EFL Test #258 "Irregular Verbs Test (6)", question 7

Robert and Kevin ......... at school today. I don't know why. They usually get along so well.

(a) fight
(b) fought
(c) fighting

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #258 "Irregular Verbs Test (6)", answer 7

Robert and Kevin fought at school today. I don't know why. They usually get along so well.

Correct answer: (b) fought
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Robert and Kevin fought at school today. I don't know why... #2 (permalink) Tue Mar 02, 2010 15:22 pm   Robert and Kevin fought at school today. I don't know why...
 

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Robert and Kevin fought at school today. I don't know why... #3 (permalink) Mon Mar 29, 2010 13:58 pm   Robert and Kevin fought at school today. I don't know why...
 

Hi,
Would you mind to explain: Why 'Robert and Kevin fight at school today' is wrong?

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Robert and Kevin fought at school today. I don't know why... #4 (permalink) Mon Mar 29, 2010 14:06 pm   Robert and Kevin fought at school today. I don't know why...
 

Because the simple present tense of the action verb 'fight' can only mean the timeless present (i.e. present, past and future, as in 'the sun rises in the east')-- but this meaning is made impossible by the word 'today'-- or it can mean a scheduled future event (e.g. 'The train leaves at 8 pm')-- but children's school fights are not scheduled.
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Robert and Kevin fought at school today. I don't know why... #5 (permalink) Mon Mar 29, 2010 15:30 pm   Robert and Kevin fought at school today. I don't know why...
 

"They fought today"
it was the same day but it happened in the past. The fight was already finished, right?

similar to:
I worked today.
I was busy today.
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Robert and Kevin fought at school today. I don't know why... #6 (permalink) Mon Mar 29, 2010 22:58 pm   Robert and Kevin fought at school today. I don't know why...
 

That's right.
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