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Present poem

The present simple is simply I go,
It’s a very useful thing to know,
But the continuous is I am going,
Which is really worth knowing.

I go, sometimes, often, always,
But I am going now, today, these days.
Although they are both present in name,
These two tenses are really not the same.

A Two-part poem contrasting Active and Passive.

Car thief, Part 1

A robber stole my car,
His name was Jonny Parr.
I got it back today,
So I said ‘Hurray’!
Johnny Parr stole my car,
But he didn’t get very far!

Car thief, Part 2

My car was stolen.
Was it a man or a woman?
Was it an alien or human?
I don’t know, I don’t care,
Because I wasn’t there!
I’ll never know who did it,
The  mysterious person who’s got it.
That’s why I say,
In this special way,
My car was stolen,
By someone unknown.

3.  Which is which?

Relative clause: Defining.

The man who is walking towards me is angry
It’s clear who I mean,
Because there are other men to be seen,
But none of them are coming towards me.

Relative clause: Non-defining.

That old man, who lives near here, plays the guitar by ear!
I used that to point him out,
I’m not comparing him with anyone else about.
I added a fact, just for something to say,
With a comma between, to show I meant it this way.