A GRAMMATICAL STUDY OF TENSE AND SENTENCE IN FIVE SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN NASARAWA METROPOLIS

Published: JUNE 2021

Author(s):

AGBO JOSEPH ODO

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The Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa

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Abstract

Most students of secondary schools in Nigeria are assumed to have deficiency in the use of English Language probably because English is learnt as a second Language (L2). But English Language has come to stay at least for now as the national language in Nigeria. Therefore, effort should be made to encourage students in our schools to learn it effectively. The aim of this paper is to discuss students’ weaknesses in the use of tense of verb in sentences. The paper investigated the students’ use of tense of verb in sentences by administering tests on the students as an instrument of research. The data collected from the tests were analysed based on the Theory of Error Analysis. The results of the data analysis revealed that secondary school students lack efficient use of tense of verb in sentences. The paper suggests some measures that could help students improve on their skills in the use of tenses of verb in sentences and English Grammar generally.

Keywords:   Grammar, Verb, Tenses and Sentence.