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    Default present tense ?

    I'm wondering why sometimes a helping verb is used and sometimes it is not with the present tense verbs. Such as "vocamus".....I thought this would translate to "we call", but in FF Lesson 1, it translates to "we are calling".
    This happens with other verbs in that lesson as well such as servas and natat....
    Could someone explain this?? Thanks so much, Becky

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    Becky,

    The present tense can be translated in English in 3 ways: simple present (We call), progressive present (we are calling), and emphatic present (we do call). It is explained on p. 11 of your FF student text.

    So, if we don't specify that we want a particular form of the present tense in our exercises, the student can use any of these translations for present tense and be correct.

    Regards,

    Tanya Charlton

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    Thanks for your reply. That does make sense now. Thanks so much!

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