Answer to Vocabulary Contest

Time to bring the Vocabulary Contest to a close. Here is the sentence:

The darkness said nothing when the light spoke; and the light shown in that darkness and the darkness was not.

The incorrect word is shown, the present perfect, past perfect, future perfect, and conditional perfect tense of the infinitive to show.

The problem the author of this sentence ran into is that shown is a homophone–that is, it sounds just like the correct word, shone, which is the past tense of the infinitive to shine. The sentence should read:

The darkness said nothing when the light spoke; and the light shone in that darkness and the darkness was not.

By the way, shone is also the past perfect, present perfect, future perfect, and conditional perfect tense of to shine.

Got it? Questions? Comments?

Cheers,

Tara Treasurefield
Tara’s Writing Studio

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