Talk:Uses of English verb forms

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Present ongoing[edit]

"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?).

Vzeebjtf (talk) 14:35, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Oops! I found it! Vzeebjtf (talk) 14:36, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

The prefix "non"[edit]

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. (talk) 17:36, 28 October 2013 (UTC)