The English language can be tricky, especially after you’ve had a glass or two of wine. Earlier this week we were looking at the title of a map and wondered whether drank or drunk was correct in that particular case. Some Googling turned up this forum post, which inspired us to explore all the different tenses you can use to write a sentence about drinking wine.
About that map title. An astute reader emailed in to let us know we made the wrong choice. The drinking and learning never stops at VinePair!
He drinks five glasses of wine a day.
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He is drinking wine in a bathtub (while the cat is watching him washing his hair).
Jeffery has drunk three glasses of wine on the beach this afternoon.
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been drinking wine through a straw.
Peter drank a small glass of red wine.
She was drinking some red wine when everyone else at the table started laughing.
We had drunk all the wine before we opened our eyes.
Past Perfect Continuous
We had been drinking wine for two hours when my wife walked into the restaurant.
Future Simple (will)
She will not drink Champagne.
This time tomorrow we will be drinking Champagne. And we will be drinking from the same bottle.
She will have drunk three bottles of wine by the end of the evening.
Future (going to)
Roberto is going to drink wine with his pasta.
If my wife drinks wine, I will too.
They would be drinking wine if he owned a nicer bicycle and she put down the pan.
She would have drunk wine but there was no corkscrew in her wicker basket.
This post was inspired by this thorough comment about grammar on the Coachella forums!
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