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How to listen to this song: In My Life by The Beatles

How to Listen to This Song: “In My Life” by The Beatles

You’ll use this song to review different verb tenses.

First, listen to the song “In My Life” by The Beatles. You can listen here or here or here.

Now, let’s quickly review some verb tenses. (These explanations and examples are just quick reminders. For much better explanations, visit perfect-english-grammar.com.)

Future Simple: will+base form of the verb*, used for things that happen at one specific time in the future

Examples: I will go to the party at 7pm. I’ll meet you on Saturday

Present Simple: base verb + s/es, used for things that are generally true and the specific times aren’t important because they’re always true/false or the same.

Examples: I love pizza! He sleeps on the floor.

Past Simple: base verb + -ed (2nd form), used for things that happen at one specific time in the past (and we know when).

Examples: I walked home yesterday. I called her at 5pm.

Present Continuous: base verb + -ing (present participle), used for temporary (non-permanent) situations

Examples: I am eating, but I’ll finish soon. I am working as a waiter, but I want to change jobs.

Present Perfect: have/has + base verb+ed, used for things that happened and finished in the past, but we don’t know (or don’t care) when they happened.

Examples: I have already watched that movie, so let’s see a different movie. I’ve visited Canada. I’ve baked a cake!

* The base form of the verb is the form you find in the dictionary. For example the base form of “go” is “go”. The base form of “went” is also “go”.

Next, listen to the song and read the lyrics

There are places I remember

All my life, though some have changed

Some forever, not for better

Some have gone and some remain

All these places had their moments

With lovers and friends, I still can recall

Some are dead and some are living

In my life, I’ve loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers

There is no one compares with you

And these memories lose their meaning

When I think of love as something new

Though I know I’ll never lose affection

For people and things that went before

I know I’ll often stop and think about them

In my life, I love you more

Though I know I’ll never lose affection

For people and things that went before

I know I’ll often stop and think about them

In my life, I love you more

In my life, I love you more.

After Listening Now, looking at the lyrics, make a list of all the examples of each verb tense you can find. (Answers below)

Three more things…

Can you memorize this song? If you can, then you’ll always remember your verb tenses.

Listen to the song and try to sing it too.

Finally, use each verb tense to write three practice sentences (three Future Simple, three Present Simple, etc.)

Answers:

Future Simple: I’ll never lose affection, I’ll often stop and think

Present Simple: There are places, I remember, Some remain, Some are dead, There is no one, No one compares with you, These memories lose their meaning, I think of love, I know, I love you

Past Simple: These places had their moments, People and things…went before

Present Progressive: Some are living

Present Perfect: Some have changed, Some have gone, I’ve loved them all

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24 Comments »

  1. Future Simple
    1. Though I know I’ll never lose affection
    2.I know I’ll often stop and think about them
    3.Though I know I’ll never lose affection

    Present Simple

    1.There are places I remember
    2.With lovers and friends, I still can recall
    3.In my life, I love you more

    Teacher…
    Is that right??

    Comment by you sun-ju | March 21, 2011 | Reply

    • Those are good examples of Future Simple and Present Simple sentences from the song, Sun-Ju^^ Now, can you write your own sentences?

      Jeremy

      Comment by Stuart Mill English | March 22, 2011 | Reply

  2. *Future Simple
    1.I’ll remember
    2.I’ll never lose affection
    3.I’ll often stop

    *Present Simple
    1.There are places
    2.With lovers and friends I still can recall
    3.There is no one compares with you

    *Present Continuous
    1.some are living

    *Present Perfect
    1.Some have gone
    2.I’ve loved
    3.All my life though some have changed

    Comment by Lee In Yeong | April 12, 2011 | Reply

  3. * Future simple
    I’ll never lose affection.
    I’ll often stop and think about them.

    * Present simple
    There are places I remember.
    Some are dad and some are living.
    There is no one compares with you.
    These memories lose their meaning.

    Comment by Yoon So Ra | May 16, 2011 | Reply

  4. * Future simple.
    I’ll never remember.
    I’ll oten stop and think about them

    * Present simple
    There are places I remember.
    Some are dead and some ared living.
    There is no one compares with you.
    These memories lost their meaning.

    Comment by Kim Jeong Wook | May 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Hey Jeong Wook:)

      That’s right, except “some are living” is present progressive, not present simple;)

      Jeremy

      Comment by Stuart Mill English | May 23, 2011 | Reply

  5. *Present simple
    There are places i remember
    With lovers and friends, i still can recall
    There is no one compares with you
    And these memories lose their meaning
    In my life I love you more
    When I think of love as something new

    *Past simple
    all these places had their moments
    for people and things that went before

    *Future simple
    though I know I’ll never lose affection
    I know I’ll often stop and think about them

    *Present Perfect
    Some have gone, some remain
    In my life i’ve loved them all
    All my life, though some have changed

    is it enough ? honestly i dont know how to do this homework. just saw some comments above and followed those form, but i did this on my own !! let me know if this is ok or not!

    Comment by Min Su Kim | May 27, 2011 | Reply

  6. – Present simple
    1.There are places I remember.
    2.Some are dad and some are living.
    3.There is no one compares with you.
    4.These memories lose their meaning.
    There are places, I remember, Some remain, Some are dead, There is no one, No one compares with you, These memories lose their meaning, I think of love, I know, I love you

    – Future simple
    1.I’ll never lose affection.
    2.I’ll often stop and think about them.

    Comment by Lee yoon ha | June 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Good, Yoon Ha. But for #2 “some are living” is present progressive.

      Comment by Stuart Mill English | June 6, 2011 | Reply

  7. Future simple

    -Though I know I’ll never lose affection
    -I know I’ll often stop and think about them

    Present simple

    -There are places I remember
    -In my life, I love you more
    -There is no one compares with you
    -These memories lose their meaning

    Past Simple

    -Some are dead
    -And these memories lose
    -For people and things that went before

    Present Continuous

    -some are living
    -their meaning

    Present Perfect

    -though some have changed
    -Some have gone
    -I’ve loved them all

    Comment by Kim Jin Kyu | June 8, 2011 | Reply

  8. 1.Future simple
    – There are places I remember
    -Though I know I’ll never lose affection
    -I know I’ll often stop and think about them

    2.Present simple
    -In my life, I love you more
    -There is no one compares with you
    -These memories lose their meaning

    3.Present Continuous
    -some are living

    4.Present Perfect
    -Some have gone
    -I’ve loved them all
    -In my life i’ve loved them all

    Comment by Park Sea Hun | June 8, 2011 | Reply

  9. Present Simple :
    -There are places I remember.
    -With lovers and friends, I still can recall.
    -Some are dead.
    -There is no one compares with you.
    -And these memories lose their meaning.
    -In my life, I love you more.

    Past Simple :
    -All these places had their moments.
    -For people and things that went before

    Future Simple :
    -I’ll never lose affection.
    -I’ll often stop and think about them.

    Present Continuous :
    -Some are living.

    Present Perfect :
    -Some have gone.
    -In my life, I’ve loved them all.
    -All my life, though some have changed.

    Comment by Lee Eun-ji | June 9, 2011 | Reply

  10. 1.Present Simple
    -There is no one compares with you.
    -In my life, I love you more.
    -Some are dad and some are living.
    -There is no one compares with you.

    2.Present Continuous
    -some are living.

    3.Past Simple
    -For people and things that sent before.
    -All these places had their moments.

    4.Future Simple
    -I’ll never lose affection.
    -I’ll remember.

    5.Present perfect
    -In my life, I’ve loved them all.
    -Some have gone

    Comment by Nam sookyung | June 9, 2011 | Reply

  11. Present Simple
    -There is no one compares with you.
    -In my life, I love you more.
    -There are places i remember.
    -These memorise lose their meaning.
    -Some are dad and Some are living.

    Past Simple
    -For people and things that sent before.
    -All these places had their moments.
    -And these memorise lose.

    Present Continuous
    -Some are living.
    -their meaning

    Future Simple
    -I`ll never lose affection.
    -I`ll remember.
    -I know I`ll often stop and think about them.

    Present Perfect
    -some have gone. some remaind.
    -In my life , I`ve loved them all
    -All my life, though some have change

    Comment by kwon yea jin | June 9, 2011 | Reply

  12. 1. Present Simple

    There are places I remember
    Some forever, not for better
    In my life, I love you more
    There is no one compares with you
    And these memories lose their meaning
    When I think of love as something new

    2. Future Simple
    I’ll never lose affection
    I’ll often stop and think about them

    3. Past Simple
    For people and things that went before
    All these places had their moments

    4. Present Continuous
    some are living

    5. Present Perfect

    All my life, though some have changed
    Some have gone
    In my life, I’ve loved them all

    Comment by Yoo ae-ri | June 9, 2011 | Reply

  13. present simple :
    There are places I remember
    some remain
    With lovers and friends, I still can recall
    Some are dead
    There is no one compares with you
    And these memories lose their meaning
    In my life, I love you more

    present perfect :
    though some have changed
    Some have gone
    In my life, I’ve loved them all

    present continuous :
    some are living

    future simple :
    I’ll never lose affection
    I’ll often stop and think about them

    past simple :
    All these places had their moments

    Comment by Kim Soyeong | June 11, 2011 | Reply

  14. -Present simple
    There are places I remember
    some remain
    I still can recall
    Some are dead
    There is no one compares with you
    I think of love
    I love you more

    -Past simple
    All these places had their monets
    For people and things that went before

    -Future simple
    I’ll never lose affection
    I’ll ofte stop and think about them

    -Present Continuous
    Some are living

    -Present perfect
    Some have changed
    Some have gone
    I’ve loved them all

    Comment by Kim jiyun | June 11, 2011 | Reply

  15. present simple

    There are places I remember
    Some are dead
    There is no one compares with you

    past simple
    All these places had their moments
    With lovers and friends

    future simple
    I’ll never lose affection
    I’ll often stop

    present perfect
    All my life, though some have changed
    In my life, I’ve loved them all
    Some have gone and some remain

    Comment by Ji-kwang | June 14, 2011 | Reply

    • Good Ji-kwang, but “some remain” is present simple. Everything else is good:)

      Comment by Stuart Mill English | June 14, 2011 | Reply

  16. Future Simple
    -I’ll never lose affection
    -I’ll often stop and think about them

    Present Simple
    -There are places I remember
    -There is no one compares with you

    Past Simple
    -All these places had their moments

    Present Continuous
    -some are living

    Present Perfect
    -though some have changed
    -Some have gone
    -I’ve loved them all

    Comment by Oh Kyung Taek | June 15, 2011 | Reply

  17. future simple
    -I’ll never lose
    -I’ll often stop
    present simple
    -There are places I remember
    -There is no one compares with you
    present perfect
    -some have changed
    -I’ve loved them
    -some have gone
    present continuous
    -some are living

    Comment by Sim Ki-young | June 16, 2011 | Reply

  18. future simple

    There are remembr some are dead

    past Simple

    Al thse plays had there

    Comment by Min A CHeon | June 17, 2011 | Reply

  19. Q: how would you react if you were will?
    A: if i were in his shoes, i would do sam as will.
    Q: Do you think sen is good psychonologist? Why/ why not?
    A: I think he is a psycholigist
    Q: What do you think will happen to Will int future
    A: i think he will reealize

    Comment by Min A CHeon | June 17, 2011 | Reply

  20. *Past simple
    -all these places had their moments.
    -For people and things that sent before.

    *Present simple
    -There are places I remember.
    -some remain.
    -There is no one compares with you.

    *Present continuous
    -some are living.
    -their meaning.

    *Present perfect
    -All my life, though some have changed.
    -some have gone.
    -In my life, I’ve loved them all.

    *Future simple
    -I’ll never lose affection.
    -I’ll remember.
    -I know I’ll often stop and think about them.

    Sorry carey ann 😦 too late.XD

    Comment by sol yi park. | June 17, 2011 | Reply


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