Exercise on Tenses in Summaries - Part 1

Exercise on Tenses in Summaries - Part 2

Summary - The Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Summaries are usually written in present tense. Simple present is the most important tense in summaries. But other tenses are important,too.

Decide whether to use simple present, simple past, present perfect, conjunctive or passive voice. Use the long forms.

Frodo (leave) the shire with three travelling companions: Sam, Merry and Pippin. First they (know/not) that the Dark Riders (pick up) their trail already. But soon the four friends (find out) about that.

They (have) a few encounters with the Dark Riders which Frodo and his friends (can) only just escape. In one attack by the Dark Riders, however, Frodo (wound) badly. Still, his friends (manage) to escape with him. Travelling on, they (reach) the country of the elves. There Frodo (heal) by Elrond, an half-elven.

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