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My umbrella broke? #1 (permalink) Tue Jun 29, 2010 14:53 pm   My umbrella broke?
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #44 "Basic Weather Expressions", question 9

I am wet ......... my umbrella broke.

(a) because
(b) or
(c) if
(d) so

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #44 "Basic Weather Expressions", answer 9

I am wet because my umbrella broke.

Correct answer: (a) because
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My umbrella broke? #2 (permalink) Tue Jun 29, 2010 17:32 pm   My umbrella broke?
 

Yes. Did you have a question?
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My umbrella broke? #3 (permalink) Wed Aug 04, 2010 16:51 pm   My umbrella broke?
 

Yes,please Beesneees,
I hope you're good,I've a little question ,really I don' t understand the time of broke
Broke is the past form of the verb break ,isn't it and am is the simple present
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My umbrella broke? #4 (permalink) Wed Aug 04, 2010 19:10 pm   My umbrella broke?
 

Hello Karimalajoy,

I think you might mean 'I hope you're well' if you are greeting me politely, rather than asking about my skill level.

I break, you break, etc. are present tense forms of the verb 'to break'.
I break the rules every now and again.

There is another form which is also the present tense, and which has the function of making the action more immediate:
I am breaking, you are breaking, etc.
I am breaking the law right now by driving without a seatbelt.

I broke, you broke, etc. are past tense forms of the verb 'to break'.
Who broke that cup?

This also has another form, which has the function of indicating that you were doing the action but have since stopped:
I was breaking, you were breaking, etc.
I was breaking the rules but now I am obeying them.
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My umbrella broke? #5 (permalink) Sat Aug 07, 2010 11:22 am   My umbrella broke?
 

Hello Beeesneees,
I'm sure you 're a great teacher,of course I greeted you by saying I hope you're good and I meant I hope you 're in good health but I still don't understand the meaning of the previous sentence.
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My umbrella broke? #6 (permalink) Sat Aug 07, 2010 13:36 pm   My umbrella broke?
 

Hi,

Are you confused because of the present tense 'I am' combined with the past tense 'broke'?

Is it clearer if I break it down like this?

The reason I am wet (now) is that (earlier) my umbrella broke.

My umbrella broke (past tense).
Because it broke and is not repaired it is still broken so I am unable to use it.
That is why I am wet now. (present tense).
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My umbrella broke? #7 (permalink) Sat Aug 07, 2010 14:45 pm   My umbrella broke?
 

Hello Beeeneees,thank you so much for your hard work,I'm so gratful for each piece of explanation you gave me,and now it's clear.Hearing from you
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