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Write five sentences about the role of education in successful financial planning, in which you correctly use a different verb tense in each sentence.
• Mark each verb used in bold and, in parentheses, identify the specific tense used.


1. College graduates earn (simple present tense) almost twice as much during their lifetime compared to high school graduates.
2. The skills you are learning (present progressive tense) in college will help you get a better paying job.
3. A college degree will qualify (future tense) you for many new jobs or may get you a promotion in your current job.
4. Upon graduation you will have expanded (future perfect tense) your social network, which can help in your new career search.
5. You could have saved (simple past tense) money on your taxes had you taken advantage of the tax credits available to those enrolled in school.

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    1 - 4 are fine.

    5 is not. Rethink that tense.

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    5. I saved (simple past tense) money on my taxes because I was enrolled in school.

    Is it right now?

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    Or should it be

    5. Because I was enrolled in school I saved (simple past tense) money on my taxes.

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    Either one works, but if you're going to use the second one, put a comma after "school."

    It was the "could have" that kept it from being simple past tense!

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    What tense was the original sentence?
    I think that sentence is the best out of the 3.

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