Talk:Uses of English verb forms
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"Present tense forms are used, in principle, to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time (or over a period that includes the present time)."
I propose elaboration of the parenthetical phrase. I think that case needs more attention (and a name?).
- He likes apples.
- The earth orbits the sun.
- "Some things that happen for the first time seem to be happening again." (Lorenz Hart, "Where or When", from Rodgers and Hart, Babes in Arms.)
The prefix "non"
The prefix "non" does not need or take a hyphen except when it preceeds a proper noun or proper adjective. For example: nonfinite, nongeneral, noninteger, nonnegative, nonpositive, nonscientific, nonstandard, nontechnical, nonuniform, and nonverbal.
Examples of the hyphenated cases include non-British, non-Canadian, non-Catholic, non-English, non-European, non-Jewish, non-Oriental, non-Protestant, non-Roman, non-Slavic, non-Soviet, and non-Yankee.
Source: I was taught this by my mother, a crackerjack English teacher in school in the United States, and other English teachers in the United States, and numerous dictionaries and mathematics textbooks.188.8.131.52 (talk) 17:36, 28 October 2013 (UTC)