There are four Aspects in English, they make more than a dozen tenses, and we can get quite mixed up on that.

Most books tell to use those dozen tenses "when we speak about this" or "when we' re doing that"  and grammar is not really any travel in time.

I don't believe in travel in time. You see, going some, well, long time back and ago, you'd either have two bodies or you'd have to be wearing diapers back again yourself.

Bob says there ain't no way he'd care to travel in time. Actually, I don't know about anyone really interested, and I've asked a few folks. 

Hi, Jemma here, reading about grammar.

To gather on facts strictly, those were some people, some years ago, who agreed to name the English tenses. It is not like the tenses came with a name from somewhere.

The people long ago said the tenses would be the Simple, Continuous or Progressive (there is still no total agreement), and Perfect Continuous or Progressive.

In short, those folks labeled what patterns they saw in English. We kids play the vaulters, when we want to play on labels. 

My winners were a caper as "panlogistic" for the Simple and "autoschediastic" for the Progressive. Click for that other story, if you like.

Well, capers are just for fun. You don't get a new thing, if you give an old thing another name. 

We thought we need a game like we really traveled, only with grammar. You can get everything cheap or even make it at home, for the game. I asked dad and he got me a printed board covered in plastic, you know, there is wear and tear, and that just for a few dimes, in a local print shop.

Before you play, see your standing with our brainteaser about the short words ON, IN, TO, and AT.

Well, and we got a huge map of America. We pin winning scores on it. Each of us has own color. For all the gaming, we use Google maps. Wyoming 70 has been Bob's recent. You can get a satellite here, https://maps.google.com. It is enough you use the search field.

For the rules, we ain't universal, we get along. Sometimes, we start in the middle, to get to one of the borders, or we mark a town or city we get to from all over the place. Alice scored enormously with Lake Heebeecheeche. We agreed to grant super extra points for place names of 4 syllables or longer, and that was just on her way.

You know what regular dice look: 6 sides, and the score usually depends on the dots. We have made scoring more human-dependent.

I can tell you about dice and scoring on an example. This is where Bob is now on Wyoming 70, in Google. You can see the small figure in the lower right corner.

One dot in the dice is the PRESENT. You can move sideways, that is, go to the left or to the right, or at an angle. With the PAST, 2 dots, you have to go backwards. For the FUTURE, 3 dots, you move forward, of course. 

Now, imagine the dice is ON and the dot value is 1.

Bob doesn't want to get off the road, because if he makes two moves on it, he can go all the way ahead it takes.

If he comes up with a vaulter, he stays on the road.
Bob says,
"John is a negativist".

John could never agree, but when he denies, he uses the negative, says Bob and stays on the road.

It is only two dots to be strictly the PAST, and three dots for the FUTURE. The other dots count dynamically.

4, 5, or 6 dots count as you interpret them. If you want to make two moves back, because you've changed your mind, for example, you take 4 dots for twice 2. If you want to go forward and turn, you make it 3 +1.

One dot lets you jump to the nearest mountain peak, lake, river, or town. They score extra.

Word associations score super extra. I'll show you my score 300. This is Google for Delano, California, Jefferson street.

I saw the word "aegis", looked it up, and came up with a quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the president.

Guys gave me 300 points!

I told you about dictionaries, to be selective on them, and that for a reason. See this: "many American mothers, under the aegis of benevolent  permissiveness ⋯ actually neglect their children" ― this is an example from Merriam-Webster Collegiate, see here.

Seriously, folks, there is nothing to waste me more than punishment. Fortunately, mom is a free-thinker, as she says when she means she does not care to follow; and  she's got real broad intellectual horizons, altogether.

Now, folks, an aegis is like a shield. We can say something or someone is under an aegis or auspices.

Auspicious things bring advantage, and that comes with good luck, at times. This is what Franklin Delano Roosevelt said: "I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm".

Sure it is not to keep birds dieting or waiting for lunch. I take it, he meant we need to play fair. Well guys, set the rules yourselves, and choose what you follow in your dictionary.
Take care, Jemma.