Yesterday we looked at ways to avoid using the present tense of the verb “to be.” Today, let’s reflect on the past. The past tense of “to be,” that is.
I know, I know . . . you all know the forms of the past tense of “to be,” but here you go anyway:
I was sitting at my computer waiting for inspiration to hit.
Same thing happens to me.
While I stared at my blank computer screen, my fickle mistress Madame Inspiration, was on a date with someone else.
When we were finished reading Robin’s manuscript, our book group banned her for life.
Aw . . . how sad.
We read Robin’s manuscript and sent it to Mr. Pulitzer for consideration for next year’s prize.
She was surprised when she received a rejection notice from Mr. Pulitzer
Really? Is she delusional?
Robin framed the rejection notice from Mr. Pulitzer because he was kind enough to add a handwritten note at the bottom that said, “Your novel would make good kindling.”
It was a shock to Robin when she realized he meant her novel would make good kindling to start a fire, not that the book is Kindle-worthy.
No need for lighter fluid!
Robin smashed the framed rejection letter when she realized he dissed her, not complimented her.