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Changing Tenses
From The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

Rewritten in Present Tense

     Buck lives at a big house in the sun-kissed Santa Clara Valley. Judge Miller's place, it is called. It stands back from the road, half hidden among the trees, through which glimpses can be caught of the wide cool veranda that runs around its four sides. The house is approached by gravelled driveways which wind about through wide-spreading lawns and under the interlacing boughs of tall poplars. At the rear things are on even a more spacious scale than at the front. There are great stables, where a dozen grooms and boys hold forth, rows of vine-clad servants' cottages, an endless and orderly array of outhouses, long grape arbors, green pastures, orchards, and berry patches. Then there is the pumping plant for the artesian well, and the big cement tank where Judge Miller's boys take their morning plunge and keep cool in the hot afternoon.

Rewritten in Future Tense

     Buck will live at a big house in the sun-kissed Santa Clara Valley. Judge Miller's place, it will be called. It will stand back from the road, half hidden among the trees, through which glimpses will be able to be caught of the wide cool veranda that will run around its four sides. The house will be approached by gravelled driveways which will wind about through wide-spreading lawns and under the interlacing boughs of tall poplars. At the rear things will be on even a more spacious scale than at the front. There will be great stables, where a dozen grooms and boys will hold forth, rows of vine-clad servants' cottages, an endless and orderly array of outhouses, long grape arbors, green pastures, orchards, and berry patches. Then there will be the pumping plant for the artesian well, and the big cement tank where Judge Miller's boys will take their morning plunge and will keep cool in the hot afternoon.


Analysis Key (FYI)

     Buck lived {at a big house} {in the sun-kissed Santa Clara Valley}. | Judge 

Miller's place [#1], it was called (P). | It stood back {from the road}, half [NuA] 

hidden [#2] {among the trees}, [Adj. to "trees" {through which} glimpses could

be caught (P) {of the wide cool veranda} [Adj. to "veranda" that ran {around its

four sides}]]. | The house was approached (P) {by gravelled driveways} [Adj.

to "driveways" which wound about {through wide-spreading lawns} and {under the

interlacing boughs} {of tall poplars}]. | {At the rear} things were {on even a more 

spacious scale} than [#3] {at the front}. | There [#4] were great stables (PN),

[Adj. to "stables" where a dozen grooms and boys held forth], rows (PN)

{of vine-clad servants' cottages}, an endless and orderly array (PN) {of outhouses},

long grape arbors (PN), green pastures (PN), orchards (PN), and berry

patches (PN). | Then there was [#5] the pumping plant (PN) {for the artesian

well}, and the big cement tank (PN) [Adj. to "stables" where Judge Miller's boys

took their morning plunge (DO) and kept cool (PA) {in the hot afternoon}. |


Notes
1. "Judge Miller's place" is a retained predicate adjective after the passive "was called." For more on this, see KISS Level 5.7 - Passive Voice and Retained Complements.
2. "Hidden" is a verbal (a gerundive) that modifies "It."
3.  This "than" functions as a subordinating conjunction in an ellipsed adverbial clause -- "than *they were on a spacious scale* at the front."
4. For alternative explanations, see KISS Level 2.1.3 - Expletives (Optional).
5. Note the use of "was" here. Many people would consider this to be a subject/verb agreement error because there are two predicate nouns. Thus they would say that "was" should be "were."