May 27, 2008

perfect tense through 'We are the champions" Queen

I'm making fill-in-a-blank questions to use in my English class in high school and found a good lyric to learn the usage of perfect tense.

The lyric is 'We are the Champions' by Queen.

I've paid my dues, time after time
I've done my sentence, But committed no crime
and bad mistakes I've made a few
I've had my share of sand kicked in my face
But I've come through
(And we mean to go on and on and on and on)

*We are the champions, my friends
And we'll keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions, we are the champions
No time for losers 'cause we are the champions of the world

I've taken my bows, and my curtain calls
You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it,
I thank you all
But it's been no bed of roses, no pleasure cruise
I consider it a challenge before all the human race
And I ain't gonna lose
We don't necessarily need to distinguish the simple tense and the perfect tense in Japanese, so the perfect tense is very difficult to learn.
In this lyric, many phrases of perfect forms are used like "I've paid", "I've done", "I've had" etc. and they convey the message successfully that we have worked very hard for a long time and now finally we were able to declare the victory.

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