AN ERROR ANALYSIS IN USING ENGLISH TENSES ON EHGUSH SENTENCE VVRITING OF THE SECOND YEAR STUDENTS OF SLTP 1NEGERI 7 JEMBER IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR OF 2001/2002
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Actually, making errors is an inevitable part of the language learning process, because the learners cannot learn without first systematically making errors. The errors arise because of the intluence ofthe students' second or foreign language and the students' lack of English rules. The general objective of the research was to know the percentage of errors in using English tenses on English sentence writing made by the second year students of SL TPN 7 Jember in the 2001 /2002 academic year. The specific objectives were to know the percentage of errors in using the simple present tense, the simple present continuous tense, the simple past tense, the simple future tense, and the present perfect tense on English sentence writing made by the second year students of SL TPN 7 Jember in the 2001 /2002 academic year. The sample ofthis research was taken by proportional random sampling by lottery. The method of collecting the primary data was test, while documentation and interview were used to get supporting data. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive quantitative in the percentage. The results of the data analysis showed that the students' errors of the use of English tenses were low (31.57%). Meanwhile, the students' errors of each component were ( 1) low for Simple present tense errors (36.36%), (2) low for Simple present continuous tense errors (24.54%), (3) low for Simple past tense errors (32.42%), ( 4) very low for Simple future tense errors as ( 16.36%) (5) high for Present prefect tense errors as (48.18%). Based on the results, English teachers are suggested to give the students more examples and exercises mainly about the use of present perfect tense in the form of sentences and to give exercises of the uses of the other tenses to improve their tenses mastery.
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